Speaking with one voice, thousands of scientists represented by eight scientific organizations have a message for the next president: Prepare the country for extreme weather.
Global warming is already blamed for increasing the frequency and intensity of many extreme weather events, from flooding to drought, tornadoes to wildfires.
The scientists say we're unprepared, and ought to double spending -- to $9 billion from 2010 to 2014 -- preparing the nation's infrastructure to withstand the ravages of an angry climate.
While both Barack Obama and John McCain have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with new regulations, they have not discussed much about preparing the country to deal with the consequences of climate change to this point. Because carbon is so long-lived, pollution from years and decades ago will continue to warm the atmosphere for some time, even if all pollution ended today. As such, it's necessary to prepare for extreme weather to come, since it's all but inevitable.
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