Target: Reinhold Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee
Goal: Remove climate change denial from the Republican party platform
According to a recent article by The Guardian, 58% of Republicans in the current session of Congress deny that humans have an effect on climate change. They claim this in the face of one of the most universally accepted scientific theories in recorded history; it is estimated that over 97% of climate research scientists agree that human activity accelerates climate change. Not only do Congressional Republicans flagrantly deny scientific evidence, but they defy the opinion of their own constituents as well. According to the same article by The Guardian, the majority of voters in every state that participated in a recent survey agreed that climate change is mainly caused by human activity, and that the U.S. government should take measures to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The survey included traditionally conservative states like Texas and Oklahoma.
Republican lawmakers who continue to deny climate change are clearly not basing their policies on scientific evidence, and they are no longer basing their policies on the opinions of their constituents either. The only reason to continue this short-sighted fallacy is to serve the interests of the fossil fuel industries. Oil, coal, and natural gas companies still have a strangle-hold on our political process, and they are fighting to keep their share of the market, despite the terrible cost to our natural resources.
Although Republicans are not alone in denying climate science, and there are plenty of Democrats guilty of the same thing, it is an essential piece of the modern Republican platform to deny climate science, which gives unwarranted influence to a totally unfounded set of beliefs. Sign the petition to tell the Republican party to pay attention to their constituents and to stop denying scientific evidence as a matter of policy.
Dear Mr. Priebus,
According to a recent article by The Guardian, 58% of Republicans in the current session of Congress deny that climate change exists or that it is largely affected by human activity. Not only does this opinion contradict one of the strongest scientific consensuses of all time, it also goes against the beliefs and wishes of Republican voters all over the country. Every state that participated in a recent survey, whether traditionally Republican or Democrat, had the majority opinion that climate change is real, that it is caused by humans, and that the U.S. government should take measures to curb green house gas emissions.
The majority of Republican voters believe that we need to take action against climate change, even in hard-line conservative states like Texas and Oklahoma. The only remaining reason for Republican Congresspeople to continue to deny the human effect on climate change is to serve corporate interests, at the expense of the public interest. Please help America move forward by taking climate science denial out of the Republican platform.
[Your Name Here]
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