Doctors: Climate change harming our patients right now
“How is climate change affecting the U.S. today? According to hundreds of doctors from the National Medical Association, it already causes great harm to their patients.”
UN panel: Greenhouse gas emissions doubled despite climate action
“Global greenhouse gas emissions accelerated to drastic levels at the start of the century despite an increased number of policies directed at mitigating global warming, the United Nations’ top panel on climate change says.”
2014 Quadrennial Defense Review
“Climate change poses another significant challenge for the United States and the world at large. As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea levels are rising, average global temperature are increasing, and severe weather patterns are accelerating.””The pressures caused by climate change will influence resource competition while placing additional burdens on economies, societies, and governance institutions around the world.”

2013 ASBC survey
72% of small business owners think incentives for clean energy are a priority
63% of small business owners support EPA efforts to limit carbon dioxide emissions of power plants

 

In the last 2 years, the United States experienced 25 climate- and weather-related disasters exceeding $1 billion ($115 billion total) in damages. (http://www.noaa.gov/climate.html)

The potential impacts to the United States extend across the entire country: ports provide gateways for transport of goods domestically and abroad

Coastal development, including buildings, roads, and other infrastructure, are less mobile and more vulnerable