There are virtual and real (paper) mountains of STEM (scientific, technical, engineering, and medical) data and information, the findings of every national academy of science in the world, the position statements of scores of professional societies and associations, and the common sense of a Fifth Grade student that says (not claims) global climate change is real, it is caused by human activities, it is happening faster and with greater consequences than thought five, ten or twenty years ago. The U.S. department of defense lists the increasing rates of science and math illiteracy and the increasing threats of political instability attributed to climate change as major threats to the U.S. national security. However, there are an alarming number of people that betray their near-total science illiteracy by holding on to the misguided, fossil fuel-funded, and extreme political ideologies by denying that climate change is real. The electorates for every political race have an obligation NOT to send to county, state or Federal elected offices science illiterates. While a vast majority of the world is implementing or planning to implement soon the existing technologies for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, the United States finds itself still debating the realities of living in a greenhouse gas constrained world. A factor, when deciding for whom to vote on November 6th, is sending candidates to their offices that have knowledge of living in a world not constrained by greenhouse gases. F.W. Stoss, MS (zool;ecol), MLS: academic science librarian, 10-years environmental research, 30 years data and information management work
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