Senator Blames Fossil Fuels for Dying Moose, Oysters Not Repopulating
MERKLEY: "One of the things I've seen in my time here in the Senate as we've gone from talking about models in the future to talking about what's happening on the ground right now, in my state the forests are burning at a much faster rate due to pine expansion and additional heat and dryness. Over on the coast, the oysters are having trouble reproducing because the ocean is 30% more acidic than before we started burning fossil fuels. In senator Sha hee N's state, the moose are dying because of the ticks. I think accurately the lowest average land level in the country and very concerned about the advancing sea level and storms and experience that in hurricane Sandy. So, every one of us in our states are seeing effects on the ground. As we see that, we know we're just at the beginning of these impacts, they're getting worse each year. But we are also viewing often climate change as a national security issue. And since you believe -- so, I wanted to ask, do you see it as a national security issue?"