Dana Hammond and his son, Chad, were preparing their 45 ft. groundfishing boat, Nicole Leigh, for a several day fishing trip beginning today.They fish for ground fish such as haddock, flounder, cod and pollack. “The weather has been hard on us lately, but we do what we can,” voluntered Dana. “The winds have been consistently running around 30 knots for the last month or so. There are lots of real active wind patterns out there.”
“More than 220 days ago, he House approved to H.R.9 to recommend the US to the Paris Climate Agreement and request the Trump administration to develop a serious plan for how our country will address climate change,” according to a press release issued by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME).
“It’s outrageous that this legislation is one of 400 bills stalled in the US Senate Congress must look beyond petty politics and face the reality of the climate emergency we’re in.
Maine is already grappling with the widespread effects of climate change. Sea levels are rising. Weather patterns are unpredictable. Our ocean is acidifying. The Gulf of Maine is warming 99% faster than anywhere else on the planet. The health and well-being of our state is on the line.
Four years after the US joined the most visionary global climate agreement to date: President Trump and Senator McConnell’s cowardice is jeopardizing our children’s futures. The Senate must take up H.R. 9 immediately and move to protect our planet.”
The Paris Agreement signed by President Obama, set to strengthen the global response to climate change by keeping an increase in global temperatures below 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels. This Agreement requires all signatories to report their emissions levels regularly so the UN can assess the collective progress to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, the press release continues.
President Trump formally began the process of withdrawing from the Agreement in November 2018, despite the fact that more than 1,000 businesses and nearly 200 nations are still in support of the commitment.