Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)
- Location: IL 62703
- Marching Since: January 24, 2006
Global warming affects nearly every country in the world and we have sound evidence of its negative impact on our environment, our agriculture, our economy and public health. This past summer in my home state of Illinois we had one of the most serious droughts in the past 100 years. Scientists who study global warming warn that, over the course of the 21st century, Illinois may develop a more arid climate, with projections suggesting that summertime temperatures will rise by 9-18 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century. These higher temperatures would diminish groundwater supplies and accelerate evaporation from the Great Lakes, the two main sources of drinking water in the Midwest. The impact of these climate changes could be dramatic on our way of life. We need to take steps now to avert this danger, starting with the technologies and programs that we already know can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. In the 20th century, American ingenuity and innovation led us into new and productive areas of science, medicine and technology, proving that our nation can successfully confront the problems we face. I believe the America of the 21st century retains that ability and can combat global warming before we experience its worst effects. And in doing so, we will also reap other benefits, including energy savings, job creation, cleaner air and cleaner water. American leadership on global warming is long overdue. The longer we delay, the greater the burden will be for future generations. I am pleased to join the Virtual March to Stop Global Warming and am encouraged that so many other Americans are taking a stand to address this challenge. Together, we can make a difference.