February 13, 2009

February 13, 2009
Friday the 13th


Welcome to another day in my life. I am heading back to Florida from DC after an unsuccessful week of lobbying to keep HIV and AIDS funding as part of the stimulus bill.

Today is Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th just got a little scarier. We've put together 13 facts about the realities of global warming. Even Jason would be frightened.

We know what it will take to solve the global warming crisis: a strong economy wide cap on global warming pollution that unleashes our clean energy future. But it will take a movement of millions of people like us to fight the special interest lobbyists and get Congress to finally act.

So please, read our facts and then spread the word to your friends and family any way you can: through email, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, whatever works for you.

2009 will be a showdown year for global warming action. You can help us build a stronger nation wide community of activists that we can mobilize at a moment's notice to help make history this year.

Please read our facts and spread the word.

A FEW FACTS


35% -- Increase in the global carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels since the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1992.

34% -- Percentage that 2008's Arctic seasonal sea ice melt outpaced normal levels.

$427 million -- Amount spent by the oil and coal industries in the first six months of 2008 in political contributions, lobbying expenditures and advertising to oppose climate action.

388.57 ppm -- Average concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in May 2008, a record high.

The projected concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by 2100 under a business as usual scenario where we don't dramatically reduce global warming emissions.

260 280 ppm -- Average concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere before industrial emissions.

50 200 years -- Length of time carbon dioxide stays in the earth's atmosphere before it is absorbed into carbon sinks.

1000 years -- Length of time changes in the earth's surface temperature, rainfall, and sea level will remain even after carbon dioxide emissions are completely stopped.

34% -- Percentage that 2008's Arctic seasonal sea ice melt outpaced normal levels.

70% -- Increase in the rate of Greenland's ice melt over the last five years.

1.7 days -- Number of days earlier seasons are coming than 50 years ago.

1.5 million -- Number of acres of forests in Colorado destroyed by the pine beetle, which is better able to survive warmer winters and is wrecking havoc in America's western forests.

$427 million -- Amount spent by the oil and coal industries in the first six months of 2008 in political contributions, lobbying expenditures and advertising to oppose climate action.

0 -- Number of global warming bills passed by the Senate.

0 -- Number of global warming bills passed by the House.

Now that I have scared you like Jason only wishes he could. Please continue to contact your elected representatives on these issues. Mother Earth is a terrible thing to waste!

Thanks for all that you continue to do.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.



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