Carbon dioxide emitted from the burning of coal, oil and gas, remains in the atmosphere for over 100 years. We are thus already committed to some warming because of past emissions. Every day that we continue to increase our emissions, we commit to even more warming and everything that comes with it: rising sea levels, heavy downpours, heat waves, insect-borne diseases, and other assaults on our health and well being. It is thus URGENT that we begin to control emissions now to reduce the amount of warming. Fortunately, doing so can save us money as we increase our energy efficiency, and increase jobs as we create technologies that produce energy without carbon pollution. It can be done, but we must get started now.
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