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Climate change denial: a passing fad?

The good news: The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing Wednesday on President Obama's climate action plan. The bad news: Thirteen of the 17 Republican members at the hearing are climate change deniers.

That doesn't mean there weren't bright spots. Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY), who National Journal recently called "an unabashed climate-skeptic" even conceded that "we do think it is a major accomplishment that our CO2 emissions are the lowest they have been in 20 years."

It doesn't mean Rep. Whitfield is ready to endorse President Obama's plan to act on climate change, nor does it mean he no longer denies the science of climate change. But his acknowledgment of the importance of reducing CO2 emissions is a huge step forward. Climate change is real, it's largely caused by human activities, and it poses serious threats to our future—just ask 97% of scientists. We have to take action now to prepare for and combat those effects, and President Obama has proven he is committed to do so—but Congress needs to act too.

That's why OFA members have embarked on a sustained effort to call out those anti-science members of Congress and bring their extreme views into the spotlight. Volunteers have held hundreds of events, and in August they delivered Climate Denier Awards—in the form of unicorns—to more than 100 Congressional climate deniers across the country to recognize their fantastical beliefs.

OFA volunteers and supporters are continuing to keep pressureon every single climate change denier in Congress, so we can get past this anti-science absurdity and began to truly confront climate change. Join us today, and say you'll act on climate.

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