Catalyst Fall 2017
Observations

What Our Members Are Saying

Here’s a sampling of recent feedback from the UCS Facebook page and Twitter feed


On Fossil Fuel Companies' Responsibility for Climate Change

John Todd Waterman: I don't blame the average voter for believing the fossil fuel companies' $1 billion-a-year disinformation campaign, which uses some of the same top PR firms Big Tobacco used. It looks just like legitimate science to anyone who doesn't have access to reputable, peer-reviewed science journals.

Maggie Freed: And we support them with subsidies too! We should support clean renewable energy, biofuels, and everything else we can to stop pumping CO2 into the atmosphere of the only planet we have!

@sok_tc: So their internal reports reflected the public, peer-reviewed science of the time? And they kept it quiet? Yikes!

Teresa Mynko: Being aware that we, in fact, have consumed and benefited from these products is the uncomfortable moment of truth many people are facing. It's the insult added to the injury. I hope that this discomfort will produce changes in thinking, consumption, behavior, purchasing, voting, etc.

 

On the Sidelining of Science

Denis Davis: The suppression of the science about human-caused climate change grows in the Trump administration. Just like "cigarettes don't hurt anyone." Are we unable to learn from our past blunders?

Ken Grondell: Science tries to find the truth of things. I suspect this administration finds the truth inconvenient at best.

@RunnerGirl_Ray: The American people are being threatened by this administration on all fronts. [It is] literally supporting policies that will kill us.

 

On Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

James T Frazier: Houston allowed the building of chemical plants in a flood plain and didn't plan to protect them from floods? Is that true? Surely that's not true!

@E_Mary1019: I'm a very concerned Floridian—Harvey was devastating and now seeing what Irma has turned into, climate change just can't be ignored/denied.