While scientists have not yet made a definitive link between extreme weather and climate change, former New York Times' environmental reporter Andrew Revkin argues that today's brutal storms, heat waves, snow storms, and droughts "give us the feel, sweat and all, of what’s to come if emissions are not reined in." Environment Illinois (EI) agrees. Surveying the latest in science research, the environment group released a new report this morning documenting how global warming -- left unaddressed -- could make costly and dangerous extreme weather events, like the Midwestern flood of 2008, more common in the future:
Already this year, the U.S. Senate has punted on a comprehensive climate change bill. Thankfully, they voted down a "resolution of disapproval" authored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that would have would effectively stripped the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of its authority to regulate carbon under the Clean Air Act. EI is asking for a commitment from Illinois' two sitting senators to vote against legislation introduced this spring that would impose a two-year moratorium on any carbon regulations targeted at power plants by the EPA. During the upcoming U.S. Senate campaign, U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk should also be asked whether he would block EPA efforts to limit carbon emissions. Given his new interest in dirty energy campaign contributions, we'd be curious to hear his answer.