It's a heated debate, that has made its way to the Jersey shore.
"Climate change is a reality, its principal agent is human caused emissions, and we need to take action," explains Prof. Patrick Hossay of Stockton College.
Take action, is exactly what Professor Patrick Hossay, Senator Jim Whelan, and many others did Friday, as the "I Will Act On Climate" bus tour made its first New Jersey stop in Brigantine.
"It's an urgent situation, that we face nationally, and internationally as a global crisis and we all have a responsibility to take action," says Prof. Hossay.
"We are in danger of impacting our quality of life across the board," says Sen. Jim Whelan.
Friday, local, state, and federal officials gathered at Mad Dog Morgan's, to highlight what they say are devastating impacts of extreme weather and climate change throughout the Garden State.
"We used to think that this is something that will happen in the next century. It's happening now, and unless we do something its going to continue to accelerate," claims the Senator.
"Irene, Sandy, we've had the derecho, we've had the Halloween snow storms, this is extreme weather events happening continually," says Jeanne Fox, the commissioner of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.
"If we take action now, we can actually have a really important effect on reducing some of the most severe effects of climate change," says Prof. Hossay.
Which is why Professor Hossay, and many others jumped at the opportunity to join this 27–state bus tour aimed at raising awareness on climate change.
"If we fail to act, we will pay the price both economically, socially, and archeologically as will future generations," says the Professor.
According to Jeanne Fox, climate change is linked to greenhouse gases. Which they say mostly come from transportation and electricity emissions and is one of the major factors of increased severe weather.
"The last couple of years, we've had a 100 year storm, we've had a 500 year storm in 2 years," explains the Commissioner.
"We would get more of that severity of a storm, every 3 years in Atlantic City, and we can't afford that increase in severe weather," explains.
"Its time to get serious about climate change, that's the very simple message," says the Senator.
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