Reality check: A member of Congress on NASA, Russia, and climate change

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You have to see this. This Wednesday, OFA California volunteer Carol Kravetz reached out to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a climate denier, asking him to accept the science behind climate change.

Carol tweeted:

Rep. Rohrabacher responded to his constituent that evening. Here’s his answer:

Of course, this is completely untrue. According to NASA, 2000-2009 was the hottest decade on record. In the U.S. alone, 2012 was the hottest year since record keeping began. Professor James Hansen, the climate scientist Rep. Rohrabacher cites, says global temperatures have not stalled.

Rep. Rohrabacher didn’t stop there. When OFA volunteer and long-time climate change activist Susan Dembowski tweeted Rep Rohrabacher later that day, he cited an interesting source to back up his point of view:

The Russian Academy of Sciences does not reject the science behind climate change. In fact, the institution is a co-signee with 12 other countries endorsing the scientific consensus that climate change is man-made and urging governments to act.

The fact that this kind of misinformation is coming from our elected officials is not only embarrassing—it is irresponsible given what is at stake.

Get involved today, and help make sure the climate deniers in Congress like Rep. Rohrabacher don’t get away with these kinds of claims.

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