Target: Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey and likely presidential hopeful
Goal: Praise high-profile Republican for acknowledging global warming.
Global warming is happening and humans have a role in it, according to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie, who is expected to announce his candidacy for president soon, will be the only Republican candidate to not deny the existence of climate change. Applaud Christie for siding with science.
At a recent event Christie was speaking at, the subject of global warming came up. What followed was surprising—he went on record acknowledging the phenomenon. “I think global warming is real. I don’t think that’s deniable. And I do think human activity contributes to it,” Christie said. He ended his remarks with notable pragmatism, saying “There’s no use in denying global warming exists. The question is what we do to deal with it.”
Christie’s statements are in stark contrast to those of his Republican colleagues, especially those who have already announced their candidacies for the 2016 presidential election. They by and large deny the existence of climate change and, if they do not go that far, at least dismiss mankind’s contribution to it.
A conservative Republican with as high a profile as Christie acknowledging climate change and denouncing his colleagues’ wanton ignorance of its dangers is very significant and hopefully indicative of increasing acceptance of the science in conservative circles. Sign the petition below to applaud Christie for advocating sound climate science.
Dear Governor Christie,
I am writing you today regarding some comments about climate change that you recently made at an event in New Hampshire. Specifically, I wanted to take the time to thank you for taking a stand against your colleagues’ anti-science views.
In a developing presidential primary season where every single announced Republican nominee denies the existence of global warming—or at least denies mankind’s role in contributing to it—to see one expected to join the running come out so aggressively against that narrative is encouraging. Global warming is a threat to the United States and all the people in it, and when the leaders of one of the nation’s two primary political parties regularly refuse to believe in it, it puts all of us in danger.
Denouncing the ignorance of your colleagues and advocating for the existence of global warming is all well and good, but it should not be considered the end-all-be-all. I encourage you to carry on your advocacy into the future and take tangible steps to mitigate and combat climate change in the future, especially if you are elected President. For now, though, I applaud you for your progressive and scientifically-sound comments.
[Your Name Here]
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