Why this story needs to be told
We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it.
Jay Inslee was a leader on climate change in the U.S. House of Representatives. A year ago, he was elected governor of Washington, in part because of his commitment to addressing climate change. As governor, he’s facing a well-financed campaign by the coal industry to build export depots that could ship 100 million tons of coal to Asia each year.
In The Governor, Correspondent Olivia Munn profiles the nation’s most climate-conscious governor and reports on what he’ll do about the coal export depots.
Seattle, Olympia; Whatcom County, WA
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This we know, our world is changing faster and more dramatically than ever before. As a parent and as a grandparent, I cannot consciously accept the dangers of climate change for my family or yours.
You can come out and protest and you can feel like you are doing something for the world. But, you are not accomplishing anything, except costing American jobs.
Science Behind The Story
In 2013 CO2 levels reached 400 parts per million, the highest concentrations seen in our atmosphere in millions of years. Our reliance on fossil fuels continues to pump more CO2 into the atmosphere causing our climate to changeSOURCE
In 2013 CO2 levels reached 400 parts per million, the highest concentrations seen in our atmosphere in millions of years. Our reliance on fossil fuels continues to pump more CO2 into the atmosphere causing our climate to change
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