June 28 Films: “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition” and “State of Conflict: North Carolina”

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”
– John Muir

“We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The same people the Sierra Club is fighting for attacking clean energy and climate change protection laws are the same people who are trying to restrict voting. We know that to protect our environment we must protect our democracy.”
– Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club

Here’s an opportunity to see two really interesting films that tie into the Sierra Club’s Democracy Program. Please RSVP and thanks to the organizers of these events!

Koch Brothers 2014

Movie Party in Charlotte: America Has a Koch Problem

Host: Ann H.

Where: CM Independence Reg. Library Conference Room (in Charlotte)

When: Saturday, Jun. 28, at 2:00 p.m.

What: We’re getting together to watch Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition. This acclaimed new release pulls back the curtain on Charles and David Koch, yanking them out of the shadows and exposing them for what they are: a self-interested, ultraconservative demolition crew hell-bent on crushing the Affordable Care Act, Social Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, and so much more. Will you join us?

Please RSVP at Yes, I’ll be there!

State of Conflict

State of Conflict: North Carolina

Fellow Carolinian’s,

This may be the timeliest movie we have done considering the recent lifting of the fracking ban in our state. Some counties are planning to sue the state around stopping the process. Please see the attached flier and come out for this movie and a planning session afterwards considering what we in Charlotte might do.

Sacred Activist at Unity of Charlotte

Don’t let the Koch brothers get the last word!

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Dear Friends,

Take action

It’s only been two weeks since the EPA took the wraps off its new Clean Power Plan, but things have already gone up a notch. I have some bad news and some good news.

First, the bad news. Fossil fuel billionaires like the Koch brothers haven’t stopped their fear-mongering about climate action. The Washington Post gave one ad from the National Mining Association “Four Pinnochios” for lying about electricity costs,1 but the ads are still running.

But there’s good news too. In just two weeks, climate activists like you have already sent over 600,000 messages supporting the climate protections in the Clean Power Plan.

Bill, now is your chance to join them. Submit an official comment to the EPA. Don’t let the Koch brothers get the last word!

This is the beginning of what could be the biggest climate fight in history. Fossil fuel billionaires are mobilizing like never before. They’re already sending their lobbyists to Washington and spreading their fear-mongering talking points on Fox News. You’ll keep seeing their misleading ads on TV and hearing them on the radio.

The billionaires that are bankrolling these ads want President Obama to think that Americans are afraid of tackling the climate crisis. But it’s the coal, oil, and gas industries that are running scared. They’re scared that cleaning up their own mess might cut into their profits.

Don’t let the fossil fuel billionaires drown us out. Flood the White House and EPA with 10,000 more official comments by tomorrow saying that America supports a strong Clean Power Plan!

Last month’s National Climate Assessment2 made clear what you already knew: that our climate has already changed, and that droughts, wildfires, and superstorms are the result of runaway climate disruption. When crops fail, when towns get flooded, and when heatwaves send kids and seniors to the emergency room, it’s not Big Coal footing the bill.

All of us are already paying the price for climate disruption — but the steps taken in the new Clean Power Plan may give us our best shot yet at turning the tide in the climate fight. Take action now!

Thank you for all you do,

David Scott
Sierra Club President

P.S. Six messages are more powerful than one! After you take action, forward this message to five of your friends and family or share it on Facebook and Twitter.

References:
1) A bogus claim that electricity prices will ‘nearly double’ because of clean coal technology, Washington Post, 5/23/2014
2) National Climate Assessment, May 2014

Sierra Club NC Chapter Legislative Update 06-20-14

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Dear Friends,

This week the Senate reviewed the House budget and voted to disapprove the significant changes that were proposed by the House. That means that the budget bill, S 744, goes to conference and conferees from each chamber will negotiate the budget behind closed doors. They may or may not come to an agreement. The House debated two big regulatory reform bills that each contained a variety of proposals, having to do with everything from moles to tanning beds (more on these bills below). And the Senate walked their coal ash bill through three committees, generating lots of interest from the public and media.

The Senate’s Coal Ash Bill

As you may recall, the Governor’s coal ash bill (S 729), was filed by the Senate and the House early in the short session as a placeholder. This week the Senate presented a significantly revised version of the bill and it was voted through three Senate committees, picking up a few amendments along the way. The Governor’s plan did not have deadlines for coal ash clean up and did not direct how coal ash at ten of Duke Energy’s plants should be dealt with. The Senate took a major step forward by proposing an aggressive timetable for transition away from wet ash handling and setting fixed dates to close out all wet coal ash ponds. But, the Senate, like the Governor, identified the same four plants where ash would be removed to dry, lined storage away from waterways and did not add any of the other ten to the list. That means that though all ponds would be dewatered and closed, the ash could, in many circumstances, be left in place and covered.

S 729 sparked an in-depth discussion when presented by Senator Apodaca (R – Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania) in the Senate Environment Committee this week. There was much debate on finding alternative uses for coal ash, including using it for concrete.A representative from Duke Energy said at the committee meeting that the bill’s timelines were too aggressive and asked the committee to give them another look.Sen. Apodaca closed the committee meeting by saying that he believes things get done faster with timelines and that he thought the ones in the bill were realistic. He should be thanked for sticking to his guns on an aggressive timeline despite pushback from Duke Energy. The bill will continue on to a vote by the full Senate next week.

Opportunity for Action

Please contact yourSenator and ask them to support a coal ash bill that requires removal of ash away from waterways at all sites, in addition to the four identified in the Senate bill.

Environmental Regulatory Reform

Good news this week – the House removed the environmental provisions from the Senate’s omnibus regulatory reform bill – S 734, and put some of the provisions in a new bill S 38 – but not the worst of the bunch. The following sections and quite a few other environmentally unfriendly provisions were removed:

  • a section that would allow polluters to self-report violations and thereby get immunity from DENR in some cases was removed;
  • a section that would require removal of all air quality monitors across the state that are not required by the EPA was removed; and
  • a section that would have allowed closure of dairy lagoons without pumping out the waste was also removed.

Unfortunately, a section that would decrease protections for wetlands made it through, but a much worse amendment to essentially eliminate protections for isolated wetlands was stopped. Representatives Samuelson and McGrady were key in improving this bill and defending isolated wetlands in committee and should be thanked. Representatives Ramsey, Insko and Waddell were influential in removing the bad dairy waste lagoon provision.

And, another small victory – but a big deal for aesthetics and trees – a provision that would have expanded tree-cutting around billboards and taken away local control to regulate old billboards was inserted into the new House regulatory reform bill but was successfully trashed thanks to an amendment by Rep. Carney (D- Mecklenburg).

Next week – we expect that the Senate will approve their coal ash bill, perhaps with some changes, and then send the bill to the House for review.

Thank you to the volunteer lobbyists who have continued to meet with and communicate with your legislators on the coal ash issue and other environmental issues this session – it really makes a difference!

Best regards,

Cassie Gavin, Director of Government Relations

Sierra Club – NC Chapter

The Fierce Urgency of Now! – June 23rd Moral Monday

A Mass Moral Monday Event will be held at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh on Monday, June 23rd. This short video reveals what that event will be and why all North Carolinians should consider being a part of it.

Note: Sierra Club policy states that “Conservation actions may not include civil disobedience. No chapter, group, nor other Club entity shall encourage, request or direct any person to violate the law.” This information is provided so that individuals participating are aware of possible non-violent civil disobedience at the event.

The final Moral Monday of this summer takes place June 23, and the NAACP has issued a special call to clergy to be present in stoles or clerical collars.

The legislative short session is expected to end soon, so Monday’s rally provides one more chance for social justice advocates to come together and to make our voices heard before our elected officials.

Schedule for the afternoon:

Pre-Rally Meeting:
3 p.m.
Martin Street Baptist Church
1001 East Martin Street, Raleigh

Attendance at this meeting is critical for anyone planning to participate in non-violent civil disobedience.

Rally:
5 p.m.
Halifax Mall (Behind the General Assembly)
16 West Jones Street, Raleigh

Moral Monday June 23 2014

 

EPA Public Hearing on Carbon Pollution – July 29th, ATL

Sign up today to attend this important EPA hearing! For additional details or questions, contact Zak Keith,  Lead Organizer
North Carolina Sierra Club, at zachary.keith@sierraclub.org or (321) 356-6603.

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Public Hearings: Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule

EPA will hold public hearings for the Clean Power Plan proposed rule. The hearings will provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views or arguments concerning the proposed action.

Registration is only required for individuals who wish to present oral testimony; registration is not required to attend and listen to testimony at the public hearings.

July 29, 2014
Atlanta, Georgia

9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (EST)
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
Main Tower Bridge Conference Area, Conference Room B
61 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Information and directions to EPA’s Atlanta office
Register for the hearing

If you would like to preregister to speak at the hearing, please complete the form or contact Ms. Pamela Garrett by email: garrett.pamela@epa.gov; or by telephone: (919) 541-7966. You may also register in person on the day of the hearing, and will be accommodated as time allows.

 

NC Sierra Club Footnotes Online – June 2014

North Carolina Chapter Sierra Club

Dear Friends,

We know it’s hot all across the state, and things are certainly heating up in Raleigh right now as the legislature settles in for its final weeks of short session.  As expected, one of the last bills the legislature will consider is going to be one that looks for a solution to our coal ash crisis. We have a real opportunity to get meaningful legislation passed on coal ash, but we are going to need you to be a part of this.  You can read more about the latest coal ash developments below.

Also below, you’ll find a recap of our recent wilderness celebration, a write-up of this month’s featured wilderness area, and plenty more! We hope you enjoy this month’s edition of Footnotes online, and as always, thanks for your constant support for our state’s air, water, and natural places.

Cheers,

Your staff at the NC Sierra Club

Take Action: Speak Up on Coal Ash

As you know, legislative leaders vowed to find a solution to our state’s coal ash crisis after 40,000 tons of coal ash and millions of gallons of contaminated waste water spilled into the Dan River in February.  This week, Senate leaders offered some significant improvements to the initial plan offered by the Governor, but we need you to encourage legislators to strengthen the bill even more.

There are several areas of the bill where legislators could increase protections for North Carolinians and our state’s waterways.  Click here to find out what needs to be strengthened and how you can take action today!

 

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Breaking News on Billboards!

Please thank Rep. Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg) for just this morning successfully amending a regulatory reform bill that is moving at the speed of light through the House. Her successhul amendment rebukes a newly proposed set of giveaways to the billboard industry.

The provisions in S 493, which has morphed into the 2014 Regulatory Reform Act, would have given the billboard industry new concessions for tree-removals on exit ramps.  It would also have required any city or county to allow a billboard to be rebuilt, even if it no longer conforms with current requirements.  Please take a moment to thank Rep. Carney for efforts to block another giveaway to the billboard industry.

 

Thirty Years of Wilderness Celebrated in One Evening

On June 12, people traveled from all across the state and gathered in Raleigh to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the NC Wilderness Act.  The law protected 68,700 acres of wilderness areas in North Carolina and an additional 25,816 acres of wilderness study areas.

Awards were given to two Sierrans who played pivotal roles in passing the landmark legislation, Dr. Robbie Cox and Anne Taylor.  

Robbie is a three time national club President who recently stepped down from the national Board last year after nearly two decades of services.  Anne was once a leader of the LeConte Chapter (North and South Carolina) Chair and later Hunt administration official. 

Without the work of Robbie, Anne, and many other volunteers, North Carolinians would have fewer places to connect with nature and experience wilderness.

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Click here to view photos from the celebration in Raleigh! (Big thanks to David R. Keith the photos!)

Breaking news!  Dr. Robbie Cox will the guest on WUNC’s The State of Thing’s on Thursday, June 19 at noon!  June 19 is the actual anniversary of the day that the NC Wilderness Act became law.  Click here to visit the WUNC webpage where you will be able to stream the program live this Thursday!

 

Write-In Success in the Mountains

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Thanks to local Sierra Club volunteers, voters in Buncombe County will have a choice when they go to the polls to vote for the County Board of Commissioners in November.  The photo to right shows Rich Wasch and Karen Ziff, just two of the many volunteers who worked to gather signatures throughout Buncombe County.

Volunteers gathered more than enough signatures to qualify Nancy Waldrop, an unaffiliated candidate, to appear on the ballot.  The reason this is a big deal is because the only other candidate on the ballot is committed to rolling back key environmental protections, including Buncombe County’s goal, adopted in 2013, to reduce the county’s carbon footprint by 80%. 

Thanks to Wenoca group chair Judy Mattox, 95 Sierrans gathered over 4,000 signatures (far more than the 2,222 needed) to get Waldrop on the ballot. But with the November election just around the corner, it’s doubtful that this is the last volunteer effort we will see in this race.

 

NC Volunteers Get a Well Deserved Recognition

At the NC Sierra Club’s Executive Committee on May 31, three volunteers were recognized for their contributions to the organization.  Chapter Chair Robert Scull awarded the following volunteers with a certificate and small gift:

  • Nancy Card was recognized for her role in reorganizing the Cape Fear Group three years ago, helping reinvigorate the chapter outings program, and taking a leadership role on the Wilderness Committee.  Nancy was rightfully praised for her leadership and communications skills.  We are thankful her continuing contributions to the NC Sierra Club.
  • Kelly Mieszkalski was recognized for her significant contributions to the chapter outings program.  Kelly has attended national conferences to make contacts and bring back ideas, been part of organizing two outings leader trainings, helped to get new hike leaders started, and initiated tools and processes to make the outings more prominent and well-attended.  Her contributions to the state chapter and the revived Headwaters group are highly valued.
  • Maribeth Weinman was presented an award for her remarkable prowess as the Treasurer for the North Carolina Chapter.  As Chapter Treasurer, Maribeth’s work is essential for maintaining the fiscal integrity of the organization. It is very fitting that Maribeth was praised for her high standards of accuracy, timeliness and completeness.
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From left to right: Robert Scull, Maribeth Weinman, Nancy Card, and Kelly Mieszkalski.  Photo credit: Harvey Richmond.

 

Wilderness Spotlight: Shining Rock Wilderness

This month, we take a look at the Shining Rock Wilderness. This protected area was created by the 1964 Wilderness Act which celebrates its 50th anniversary this September.

North Carolina was one of only two states east of the Mississippi where wilderness areas were protected by the 1964 Wilderness Act; New Hampshire was the other. And Shining Rock Wilderness was one of two wilderness areas in North Carolina protected by the first ever wilderness law, which signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Linville Gorge was the other North Carolina area protected in 1964.

Today Shining Rock Wilderness contains 18,483 acres. Without knowing it, popular culture exposed many to the area through the Charles Frazier novel and subsequent film adaptation titled Cold Mountain.  Cold Mountain provides Shining Rock’s highest peak at 6,030 feet.

Those wishing to venture to this wilderness area may want to read an account of camping in the area written by Bill Gowan of Raleigh. His writing can be found on the OurWildNC.org blog page, and is certainly worth a read!

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Upcoming Outings

June 21, 10:00 a.m. – Moses Cone Memorial Park – Blowing Rock

Join outings leader Steve Copulski for a 5 mile hike on the first day of summer  in the Moses Cone Memorial Park off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Blowing Rock.  Enjoy the cooler mountain weather and great views from the top of the Flat Top Tower.  The group will be hiking on fairly smooth carriage trails that gradually ascend to the top of Flat Top Mountain.  We’ll meet at Moses Cone at 10 AM. 

Contact Steve Copulsky to sign-up at scopulsky@mindspring.com or 704-543-7493.  Limited to 15 hikers.

June 21, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Quarry Hike and Eat/Play at Sharky’s! – Durham

Join the Headwaters group for 3.2 mile moderate hike along the relatively new section of the Mountains To Sea/Laurel Ridge Trail, up and around the beautiful Durham Quarry, and back.  Wear closed-toe hiking or walking shoes and bring a water bottle for the hike.  For those who dare–swimmers and dippers–wear your bathing suit, bring your river shoes and a towel if you want to take a dip in the quarry or the river!  The quarry is DEEP water and appropriate for strong swimmers ONLY.  There are also spots along the river right beside quarry to get wet/dip your feet in.

There is likely to be a good bit of party-trash around the quarry so bring a bag if you are willing to help clean up a bit (leader will have extras, too).

For more information, contact Kelly Mieszkalski (kellymieszkalski@yahoo.com, 919.624.2225). You may also sign up via the group’s Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/NC-Sierra-Club-Headwaters-Group/events/189497522/

June 28,  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – NC Zoo Endangered Species Walk – Asheboro, NC

Join the Sierra Club Foothills Group and Nicole Petersen, a zoologist, marine scientist, and the NC Zoo’s Visitor Educator for our first NC Zoo Endangered Species Walk.  The zoo is about much more than showing off cute animals to the public—it has a serious environmental and conservation mission to protect, preserve, and rehabilitate threatened and endangered animal and plant species both in the U.S. and around the globe.

All participants will be required to purchase a zoo admission ticket.  There will be an additional $7/person fee for the Endangered Species Walk.  Our group will be limited to 20 participants. Your cell phone number will be required to register (this is for trip communication only–we do not give out telephone numbers to third parties.) 

Please contact Vance Parker to register by Wednesday, June 25th via e-mail at vance@vparkerlaw.com or by telephone before 10:00 p.m. at (336) 768-0481.  This is a family-friendly outing suitable for all ages.

August 22 – 24 – Outings Leader Training Weekend at Hanging Rock State Park

Outings Leader Training weekend for experienced and/or aspring new outings leaders at Hanging Rock State Park.  Cabin camping will be provided. You may also reserve campsites on your own.

More information coming soon!

Contact NC Chapter Outings Chair, Kelly Mieszkalski (kellymieszkalski@yahoo.com, 919.624.2225) with any questions.

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Call (336) 671-1068 today to #PutSolar On It

Put Solar On It Save Money

If you live in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, or Cabarrus Counties you can get a free solar audit and find out if your home is ready for solar! Call the Solarize Charlotte preferred solar installer, the  Renewable Energy Design Group, l3c, at (336) 671-1068 today.

The sun’s energy is within your reach. Solarize Charlotte is your opportunity to take control of your energy bills by installing solar panels on your roof at up to 75% below retail cost. Solarize is a non-profit program that allows you and your neighbors to sign-up to have a certified, local installer inspect your home for solar suitability. The Solarize Model is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Solarize Charlotte is a coalition effort to bring cleaner and cheaper electricity to communities in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, and Cabarrus Counties. We believe that solar is for everyone. We are working with local contractors, and streamlining the financing and installation process to make solar energy more accessible to homeowners in the Charlotte area.

Benefits of the Solarize program :

Info about 35% North Carolina income tax credit and 30% Federal tax credit for solar energy

Low interest loans with no money down financing

Rapid installation by certified installer

Free property assessments to determine solar suitability

Limited-time opportunity to participate in a program that is sweeping the state (sign up ends July 31st)

The sun’s energy is within your reach. Solarize Charlotte is your opportunity to take control of your energy bills by installing solar panels on your roof at up to 75% below retail cost. Solarize is a non-profit program that allows you and your neighbors to sign-up to have a certified, local installer inspect your home for solar suitability. The Solarize Model is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Solarize Charlotte is a coalition effort to bring cleaner and cheaper electricity to communities in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, and Cabarrus Counties. We believe that solar is for everyone. We are working with local contractors, and streamlining the financing and installation process to make solar energy more accessible to homeowners in the Charlotte area.

 

Benefits of the Solarize program :

  • Info about 35% North Carolina income tax credit and 30% Federal tax credit for solar energy
  • Low interest loans with no money down financing
  • Rapid installation by certified installer
  • Free property assessments to determine solar suitability
  • Limited-time opportunity to participate in a program that is sweeping the state

- See more at: http://cleanerischeaper.com/#sthash.55bmggUF.dpuf

The sun’s energy is within your reach. Solarize Charlotte is your opportunity to take control of your energy bills by installing solar panels on your roof at up to 75% below retail cost. Solarize is a non-profit program that allows you and your neighbors to sign-up to have a certified, local installer inspect your home for solar suitability. The Solarize Model is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Solarize Charlotte is a coalition effort to bring cleaner and cheaper electricity to communities in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, and Cabarrus Counties. We believe that solar is for everyone. We are working with local contractors, and streamlining the financing and installation process to make solar energy more accessible to homeowners in the Charlotte area.

 

Benefits of the Solarize program :

  • Info about 35% North Carolina income tax credit and 30% Federal tax credit for solar energy
  • Low interest loans with no money down financing
  • Rapid installation by certified installer
  • Free property assessments to determine solar suitability
  • Limited-time opportunity to participate in a program that is sweeping the state

- See more at: http://cleanerischeaper.com/#sthash.55bmggUF.dpuf

Solarize Charlotte SingleJoin hundreds of other homers in the area as we build to the National Day of Action on Solar Energy, June 21st,.

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June 16 Webinar: Learn About the Newly-Proposed Carbon Pollution Limits for Existing Power Plants

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Learn About the Newly-Proposed Carbon Pollution Limits for Existing Power Plants

We invite you to join us next Monday, June 16, at 1:00 PM ET for an exciting discussion.

Register Today! 

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) continues its webinar series with a presentation on the newly-proposed carbon pollution limits for existing power plants. These webinars are your opportunity to learn about emerging environmental regulations, clean energy technologies, opportunities and issues that SACE engages in everyday.

On June 2, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release proposed standards for the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. These carbon pollution standards, under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, will be designed to significantly reduce harmful carbon dioxide emissions from our electricity sector. This webinar will provide an introduction to the proposed 111(d) regulations, explain what this means for utilities and regulators in the Southeast, and how you and your organization can be involved in this rule-making process. This webinar follows our February webinar on the same topic, and will include analysis of the proposed regulations following their June 2 release.

To register, please visit our webinar sign-up page, and don’t forget to mark Monday, June 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m. ET on your calendar!


Title: Learn About the Newly-Proposed Carbon Pollution Limits for Existing Power Plants
Date: Monday, June 16, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

 

“I don’t believe in climate change”

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The GOP lead climate change denial of “I don’t believe in Climate Change” has turned into “I’m no scientist”. Great video to watch and get pissed off. It’s time to hold climate change deniers accountable at the polls. Draw a line in the sand and speak out today!

New Video Turns Up the Heat on GOP Climate Change Deniers

In support of President Obama’s plan to cut carbon emissions, Americans United for Change released a video today calling out climate deniers in the GOP.

Not A Scientist features members of Congress, potential presidential candidates and Republican leaders—from Marco Rubio to John Boehner—all preaching from the same climate skeptic handbook and refusing to acknowledge the overwhelming scientific evidence that supports man-made climate change.

“The GOP’s new talking point when challenged on climate change is ‘I’m no scientist’, and yet they remain 100 percent certain as that 97 percent of the scientific community is pulling a fast one on us all for no explicable reason,” said Jeremy Funk of Americans United for Change. “Could it be because Big Oil and the pollution-profiting Koch brothers have given Republicans tens of millions of reasons to feign or maintain ignorance to the detriment of our environment, health and national security?”

While the Republican party maintains their ignorance, a new poll commissioned by Americans United for Change shows that crucial Independent voters are not sympathetic to this anti-science position, with only 29 percent open to supporting a climate skeptic in the 2016 presidential elections.

Source: http://ecowatch.com/2014/06/04/video-gop-climate-change-deniers/