Congressman Rush Holt Claims ‘Millions Will Die’ Due to Climate Change – Do You Buy it? [POLL/VIDEO]
We all know that Congressman and senatorial hopeful Rush Holt has his PhD and whatever claim he makes concerning climate change would turn heads.
Some heads, not all.
So when he makes the claim, as he did this past week and in an internet-only ad that, as he points out, that millions will die due to climate change, it opens up the debate as to whether or not climate change is man made, or just a cycle we happen to be going through.
Recent reports indicate that this past July was one of the hottest on record, and with an increasingly warming trend this past spring.
"It’s remarkable," said David Robinson, the state climatologist at Rutgers University. "It’s not as if we’ve had any major change that you could ascribe this to … The only way you can explain it is we’ve just had a lot hotter atmosphere."
"It’s undeniable that New Jersey has gotten warmer," Robinson said.
But one has to look more broadly to link the warming movement to climate change.
New Jersey is too small an area to extrapolate any significant connection between the warmth and global warming, Robinson said, but it does mirror a worldwide trend.
And, increasingly, though detractors still remain, there is evidence that mankind is playing a role.
Earlier this year, an analysis of climate change studies showed 97 percent of scientific reviews that took a position on the topic agreed that mankind was playing a role in global warming.
And the Governor has gone back and forth on the human factor in the changing climate.
Back in 2011, according to this, he made his position crystal clear this afternoon: It's real and it's a problem.
In vetoing a bill (S2946) that would have required New Jersey to stay in a regional program intended to curb greenhouse gases — a program Christie plans to leave by the end of the year — the governor said "climate change is real."
He added that "human activity plays a role in these changes" and that climate change is "impacting our state."
However, in May of this year, when asked by Matt Lauer of the Today show what his beliefs were, he change the subject and called it a “distraction.
It still needs to be answered. Do you buy the claim that ‘millions will die’ due to climate chage?
U.S. Senate candidate Rush Holt said his claim made Monday that “millions will die” if something isn’t done to address global warming was reality, not hyperbole.
“I think it’s no exaggeration at all to say that millions will die. And in fact there’s pretty good evidence that millions already have died because of climate change,” Holt, a congressman from central New Jersey who’s seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, said in a Star-Ledger editorial board meeting this morning.
Holt made the statement in an internet-only campaign ad, in which he called for a tax on carbon emissions. It drew criticism from Republican U.S. Senate candidate
Steve Lonegan, who called the 15-second spot “silly hysteria.” Lonegan also said
it’s “highly questionable” that global warming is a man-made problem, despite widespread scientific consensus on the issue.
“It’s not hysteria. It’s documented,” Holt said, saying that global warming’s effects are felt in more than just natural disasters.
“If you talk to the World Health Organization and International Health Groups, they’ll tell you because of diseases – it’s not just from storm damage, it’s other aspects of climate change affecting our oceans,” he said.
On Lonegan, Holt said “shouting from one soap box to somebody else’s soap box across the way is not a very effective way of advancing the public interest and helping people.”
Lonegan responded there are "different reports, different opinions of what creates climate change."
"But I do know this: The kind of carbon tax Holt is promoting will destroy jobs, and according to the National Association of Manufacturers would destroy 34,000 jobs in New jersey alone," Lonegan said, referring to a report from the organization that said the tax would result in a loss of worker income equivalent to between 34,000 to 38,000 jobs in 2013.