From Maryland League for Conservation Voters:
“Congressman Harris, Your Constituents Are Being Harmed By Severe Storms And Rising Tides”
Organizing For Action ( OFA) volunteers and constituents from Congressman Andy Harris’ congressional district met on Tuesday at his Bel Air, Maryland district office to present him with the OFA Climate Change Deniers Award, and express their frustration at the Congressman’s refusal to accept the scientific evidence of climate change.
OFA Volunteer and Maryland State Lead for Climate Change, Jennifer Hosey showed the Unicorn Trophy to the audience and explained why OFA chose a unicorn as their symbol for the Climate Change Denier Award:
“The point is that these members of Congress who continue to deny the existence of climate change are living in a fantasyland. The unicorn analogy may seem extreme, but it isn’t. What is extreme are those members of Congress who continue to stand against 97% of climate scientists and undermine our ability to deal with the serious threats that climate change poses to the health of our community, our economy and future generations. Believing in unicorns and denying climate change may seem equally silly or naive,” said Ms Hosey, “but the later is far more dangerous.”
Mr. Bob Patterson, PT a health care professional who resides in Chestertown, a Waterfront Community in the First Congressional District, spoke with the audience assembled outside Congressman Harris’ Bel Air office, telling them that storms in his area have increased in both number and severity. “Climate change is here and it is now, ” said Mr Patterson, adding that he has seen first hand the devastating impact of climate change on his own community.
Only members of the audience who reside in The Congressman’s district, were permitted inside the his Bel Air office to hear Mr. Patterson’s remarks as he presented The Climate Deniers Award to Congressman Harris’ designate, District Staff Assistant, Matt Nemphos.
“Representative Harris, Dr. Harris, you are a Congressman and a Doctor, ” said Mr. Patterson. “We ask you to bring the same ethics to your constituents as you would your patients. As a physician, if 97% of scientific researchers agreed that a procedure you were performing was suddenly found to be harmful to your patients, wouldn’t you have the moral and legal obligation to accept this science and change the procedure?” Mr. Patterson then urged Congressman Harris to accept the science of Climate Change saying that Congressman Harris’ own constituents are being harmed by severe storms and rising tides. ” I urge you to accept the science of Climate Change and stand with PresidentObama’s agenda.”