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Vote for Climate Action

The U.N.s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a warning of unprecedented seriousness: We are quickly reaching the point of no return in averting world-wide climate catastrophe if we fail to act.

The U.N. report, requested as a part of the 2015 Paris Accord, strongly cautions that exceeding a global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels would make parts of the world uninhabitable and threaten civilized order with devastating weather events and destabilizing mass human migrations.

The IPCC report follows a long string of similar, increasingly urgent warnings. We can hope that this one is the wake-up call that shakes us out of our complacency.

We need to hold every office-holder accountable on the issue of climate change and kick deniers and do-nothings out of office.

An invaluable resource for voters is the League of Conservation Voters ratings of legislators on environmental issues. In 2017 the LCV gave Senator Tammy Baldwin a 100% positive rating and Senator Ron Johnson a 0. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir openly opposes action on climate change.

Governor Scott Walker has consistently favored fossil fuel energy over renewables, hobbling Wisconsins wind energy industry and rewarding his fossil fuel donors. He has eliminated scientists from the DNR and scrubbed climate change information from the DNRs web site. The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters has endorsed his opponent, Tony Evers.

The IPCC says the window for meaningful action is quickly closing, with real-world effects of climate change outpacing the theoretical models climate scientists have worked with for years. We have the choice of voting for leaders whose allegiance to past energy sources will harm us and leaders whose grasp of present alternatives will help lead to a brighter future. Time is not on the side of a nation that ignores the clear signs of climate catastrophe ahead.

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