Beyer and White House Emphasize Need to Tackle Climate Change

Contact:  Ann O’Hanlon,

May 6, 2014 (Alexandria, VA) – Don Beyer emphasized the urgent need to tackle climate change and reiterated his call for a progressive carbon tax at a candidates’ forum last night.  The same urging for action came today with the White House release of the National Climate Assessment.

“We have to address the growing threat of climate change,” said Beyer in his opening remarks at George Mason University’s Arlington campus.  “The ten hottest years on record have all happened since 1998.   This is why I will fight for a progressive carbon tax, the single most effective solution to control greenhouse gases.”  Video of his remarks can be found here.

The White House issued the same warning this morning, saying “The findings in this National Climate Assessment underscore the need for urgent action to combat the threats from climate change, protect American citizens and communities today, and build a sustainable future for our kids and grandkids.”

The National Climate Assessment, an integration of data and input from over 300 experts, updates the report issued in 2009.  This assessment provides data and predictions by region in order to assist states and localities with planning for the ongoing crisis.  Climate changes are due largely to the burning of fossil fuels, resulting in alarming sea level rise, erratic temperatures and precipitation, an increase in the threat of species extinctions, among other grave repercussions.

Don Beyer is a Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 8th Congressional District.  He has received endorsements from the Falls Church News Press, former Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, former presidential candidate Howard Dean, and local political leaders.