The best reader comments on our call in response to the White House report on climate change
While the White House has been working to push out an 800-page report on the effects of climate change (the National Climate Assessment was released just this month), it seems that some on the right have been working hard to avoid the topic entirely. The politically weighty issue has caused many who used to welcome conversations about fixing the planet to dodge the issue, and run the risk, as we said in a recent editorial, of "branding the party as one that refuses to participate in constructive governance."
And the political tensions in Washington seem to be reflected in the way people across the nation prioritize the importance of addressing the issue. Americans rank dealing with global warming among their lowest priorities, according to a recent study. And only 15% of Republicans thought in 2013 that it was essential for the president or Congress to take action. See the graphics above for more from studies conducted by the Pew Research Center and Gallup.
We asked what you thought should be done in Washington to resolve the issue of climate change. Take a look at a few of our readers' comments below, assess the national conversation in the graphics above, then tell us, how important is resolving climate change to you? Do you feel like it's a major threat? Are human beings the main cause? What are you doing, if anything, in your community? You can leave your opinions by voting in the informal polls on this page or by responding to our Your Take call with photos and videos.
Washington should advise Americans to change our lifestyles in order to decrease our impact on the environment: ride our bikes, recycle, stop using plastic.
We can plant more trees. Give tax incentives to energy-efficient businesses. The government can encourage work-pay public transport use and create more public service announcements.
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Is it the government's job to address this? Are there not more pressing issues to address?
So many have claimed that there is no such thing as global warming for about 15 years. The government should first clearly show what's happening through science, not politics.
OUR VIEW: Climate change vs. GOP
The problems we're having with climate change right now show that if you disrespect Mother Nature, she smacks you upside the head with a rock. If we keep burning those fossil fuels like there is no tomorrow, there will be no tomorrow.