“You know how you know when climate change is real? When the hottest year on record is whatever year it currently is.” – Comedian and late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel
'Things take longer to happen then you think they will, and then they happen much faster than you thought they could.' – economist Dr. Rudi Dornbusch.
“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” – original source unknown. Attributed on the internet to Thomas Jefferson.
“If government is broken, we are part of that brokenness and must engage in healing ourselves too.” – Sam Daley-Harris, Founder of RESULTS and the Center for Citizen Empowerment and Transformation.
“Eternal optimism joined with loving action is the most powerful tool I own.” – Julia Butterfly Hill, American environmental activist.
‘When people have talked of climate solutions, critics argued America can’t cut emissions as long as China pollutes. We can now retire that lame excuse to the same list that includes “the dog ate my homework.”’ – Steve Valk, Communications Director for Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
"We aren’t passengers on Spaceship Earth, we’re the crew. We aren’t residents on this planet, we’re citizens. The difference in both cases is responsibility." – Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweikart
"Every morning I awake torn between a desire to save the world and an inclination to savor it. This makes it hard to plan the day. But if we forget to savor the world, what possible reason do we have for saving it? In a way, the savoring must come first." – E.B. White, author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little.
"We believe that the risks of climate change warrant action...ExxonMobil believes a revenue-neutral carbon tax would be a more effective policy option than cap-and-trade schemes, regulations, mandates, or standards. A properly designed carbon tax can be predictable, transparent, and comparatively simple to understand and implement." – ExxonMobil's official statement, Engaging on climate change.
"So many of us don't realize that we are the government. I like to call it 'the God of they,' as in, 'Oh, they'll fix it.' No, it's up to us." – Photographer Clyde Butcher
“(2015 Paris Climate agreement) is just a start. A beginning. It is not going to be enough get the CO2 reductions that we need. I see this as the starting gun.” – Dr. Danny Richter, Legislative Director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
“It is wrong to pit renewables against nuclear power. We need all hands on deck. Carbon-fee-and-dividend provides a way to avoid contentious discussion and allow competition.“ – Dr. James Hansen
‘Nobody hates Wall-E and nobody wants to live on his planet either.’ – Trace Dominguez, Contributor for Discovery News
'The argument that I am too small to make a difference is the equivalent of saying: Why should I pay my taxes? Why should I vote? Everyone has to do their own fair share.' – Dr. Stephen Schneider (1945-2010) Climate scientist at Stanford University.
'Who wants to be fired on Tuesday? To some degree, this is the dilemma for the right of center politicians. If they roll out climate change the wrong way, the next thing they know they receive a climate hero award and an unemployment paycheck.' – Admiral David Titley, Professor of meteorology at Penn State University and Retired Rear Admiral of the U.S. Navy.
‘I believe 99.99% of people on this planet already have the values they need to care about climate change in their heart. We just need to identify those values and then we connect.’ – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.
'Clean coal is a bit like a porous condom: at least the intention was good.' – comedian Robin Williams.
"I'm probably the furthest thing from an Al Gore clone you could find. We didn't do this to save the world — We did this to get a competitive rate and reduce the risk for our consumers." – Georgetown, Texas interim City Manager Jim Briggs
“Climate change is an opportunity to express our faith through love.” – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, atmospheric scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.
‘We can think of global warming as a bully that comes by every year and tells you to give him more and more of your money.’ – Park Williams, a tree ring researcher at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
“(To be successful) we have to take climate change and take it from a special interest to a public interest." – Bob Berkowitz, President and Founder of EcoAmerica.
‘Scientists are often accused of being alarmists. However, an examination of scientific literature shows that scientists have been underestimating the risks. Instead of being drama queens, climate scientists are like anti-drama kings.‘ – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.
‘People often say: ‘Earth was warmer in the past with carbon dioxide levels higher than today’ Yes, there is a recent movie called Jurassic World. Would you like to go see it?’ – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.
‘If I have one message, it is that climate change is not a scientific debate. Its a political debate being made to look like a scientific debate.’ – Dr. Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University.
"The main reason why we object to the reality of this problem (of climate change) is because the solutions that have been presented are big government solutions. So that is why I think it is so important to give free market solutions a voice in this argument.” – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist at Texas Tech University.
“Based on the evidence, more than 97% of climate experts are convinced that human-caused climate change is happening.” – Edward Maibach, Teresa Myers, & Anthony Leiserowitz, of George Mason & Yale Universities.
'Society conspires to suppress the discussion of climate change. Someone once said that talking about climate change is like flatulence at a cocktail party.' – Dan Miller, clean technology venture capitalist and climate speaker.
"The one thing we know in science and life in general is that we can't just throw out the data we don't like just because we don't like it." – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist at Texas Tech University.
“Do we really believe in America is an exceptional nation and do we think we can really solve this challenge of climate change? The rest of the world is waiting for a 'Yes' from us.” – former Representative Bob Inglis.
“I don’t believe government should be picking winners and losers in the market place. I want consumer choice and clean air and clean water and solar is the best way to create a competitive choice.” – Debby Dooley, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party.
‘What is dangerous is not a scientific decision. It is a decision we make based upon what is in our hearts.’ – Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, atmospheric scientist and associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University.
“The last people on the planet capable of a conspiracy are scientists. Their entire career is spent trying to prove the other guy is wrong.” – Dr. Bruce Wielicki, senior Earth Scientist for NASA.
“I’m not a scientist either but I can use my brains and I can talk to one.” – former Florida Governor Charlie Crist in July 2014 responding to Florida Gov. Rick Scott's line, “I’m not a scientist.”
“The spreading sheet of sea ice around Antarctica could be viewed as a napkin being draped over a monstrous water pistol. “ – John Upton, science writer at Climatecentral.org.
“We can point to (NCAA men’s basketball) games and say ‘that was a great game’ or ‘this has been a great tournament’ but that is like denying there is climate change by saying ‘Hey it was cold yesterday in the Antarctic.’”
“I’m not a doctor, but I know not to drink arsenic.” – climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann responding to the “I am not a scientist” line used by top Republican leaders.
‘Ocean barnacles don’t know science. They don’t read science. They don’t watch Fox News… What they do is they respond to the actual position of the ocean and they are moving up.” – Peter Harlem at Florida International University