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Climate change a real issue, Lenoir City lecturer asserts PDF Print E-mail

[The following article was originally posted in the News-Herald on Monday, January 19, 2015 9:30 am and updated: 12:00 pm, Mon Jan 19, 2015]

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After Thursday night’s monthly meeting, Loudon County Democratic Party members and those from the general public had the chance to hear a lecture on how climate change has affected the planet and how it could in the future if nothing is done to mitigate what some feel is a global trend.

Lenoir City resident Laurence Best, who serves as vice chairman for the local political party, said he has had a “lifelong interest” in public policy dating back to when he attended the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. He later worked for multinational services network PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant. Now retired, Best said he wanted to focus on one concern he has for his grandchildren — global warming.

“Starting with mankind, particularly post war, there’s been an enormous uptick in the amount measured,” Best said. “You know, this is not theoretical. This is actually measured carbon dioxide. Really a huge spike, pretty much unprecedented, in terms of human history and far before human history in earth’s history, and we’re starting to see the impacts already.”

Best showed graphs revealing sea ice decline, and he said skeptics believe “everything’s great” once sea ice appears to rise.

“But if you’re a realist you draw a power curve through that, you can see that the real picture is that the sea ice is declining and that decline is accelerating,” he said.  “We really are facing the prospect of a tipping point, that is where global warming advances so far and so fast that would cross the point of no return.”

Eighty percent of the planet’s fresh water is found in Greenland and Antarctica’s two ice sheets. If all of the ice were to melt, sea levels could rise up to about 150 feet, covering all of the beaches, harbors and ports on Earth, he said.

“One-hundred fifty feet, Florida is gone. New York City is under water,” he said. “And it’s not only the ports; it’s also the beaches. So imagine every single beach in the world under water, and it takes 1,000 years to form a beach.”

Best said all hope isn’t lost and that recent governmental regulations have decreased the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Tennessee Valley Authority has decreased its carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent since 2005 due to litigation filed by the National Parks Conservation Association.

Sam Bledsoe said he was glad Best’s lecture brought better insight into the global warming issue.

“It really opened my eyes to the looming crisis that we have,” he said. “And it’s one of those things, you know, it’s disheartening because we tend to be crisis-oriented and how are we going to deal with something like this? People would (prefer to) have the immediate rather than the important things in life. Human nature, maybe it will be our undoing because I learned a long time ago it’s not the immediate, it’s the urgent or it’s the important things we need to focus on.”

Mary Schulz said the lecture was “moving” and “very factual.”

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Welcome to our Loudon County Democratic Party website. Did you know the Democratic Party is the oldest active political party in the United States?  We are the party that continues to provide messages of change and hope, counteracting the politics of fear and intimidation.  We hope you will join us in that pursuit.

The Loudon County Democratic Party's philosophy is “We Believe”.  Our purpose is to help elect government leaders that share that philosophy, and anyone with these same values can help us to elect Democrats locally, statewide and nationally. Our purpose, stated in our bylaws, is to help Democratic voters choose their candidates for public office and advance Loudon County government. To include everyone, regardless of their financial resources, our bylaws forbid dues for membership.

If you are a Loudon County Democrat, this is your party also.

We rely solely on donations. You can help by making a financial contribution, and also by joining us at social fundraisers such as our annual Pie Auction, bean dinners, and other events.

The largest budget expense we have is operating a headquarters for three to six months every two years (a biennial event) - any viable candidate needs a spot to distribute their literature or have gatherings and events. But, a headquarters is expensive!  And you probably also realize we cannot help elect the persons you want without campaign money… it is as simple as that!

The LCDP is an active force in our community in other events.  We participate in our county Fourth of July and Christmas parades, and often operate an outreach booth at community events such as the Lenoir City Farmer’s Market. When appropriate, we also come up with creative ways to utilize community events for fundraising opportunities. For example, in the past we have operated a hot dog stand during the Fourth of July parade. It is important that we continue to have a presence at community events, and we could always use some help!

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