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Holt Ad Targets Climate Change

Rush Holt and Cory Booker released ads playing to their respective strengths on Monday.

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt in his latest web ad, released Monday.
U.S. Rep. Rush Holt in his latest web ad, released Monday.

Two of the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate on Monday released ads in separate bids to become New Jersey’s junior Senator.

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) released “Climate Change,’’ the latest in a series of one-minute web ads touting progressive causes. And Newark Mayor Cory Booker released a 30-second television spot, titled "People,'' playing up Booker’s commitment to bringing people together for Democratic causes.

“No matter what your background -- race, culture, gay or straight; North Jersey, South Jersey, rich or poor -- our lives are interconnected,” Booker says in the ad. “We cannot have policies that divide instead of bringing us together.”

Booker then pledges to support Democratic causes like combating child poverty, protecting Medicare and Social Security from cuts, achieving equal pay for equal work, raising the minimum wage and encouraging American innovation and competitiveness.

In his ad, Holt says it is time to stop denying the existence of climate changes and that humans are responsible for it.

“We can no longer let Republicans deny obvious truths,’’ Holt says. “Our climate is changing. The consequences are lethal. Humans are responsible. And, America must act.”

Holt proposes a carbon tax assessed on industries that “are dumping gasses into our atmosphere,’’ with the money raised to go into research for alternative energy. 

If we don’t act?

Sea levels will rise. Storms like Sandy will become more frequent, he says.

“Entire swaths of the planet will become unfit for human habitation. Millions will  die,” Holt says. “That’s science. That’s reality.’’

The pair of contenders represent one-half of the field vying for the Democratic nomination to run for the U.S. Senate seat left by the late Frank Lautenberg. U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) and state Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) also are running in the Aug. 13 primary election.

The winner of that election will face off against one of the two GOP candidates – former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan or Somerset County physician Alieta Eck -- in a special Senate election on Oct. 13.

Donald July 24, 2013 at 03:51 PM
A few final points: 1. To dismiss ALL scientists -- especially the many, many thousands who have reached consensus-- as simply biased or venal or irrelevant, is merely another manifestation of being "anti-science." It is also generally insulting and cynical of human achievement and the advancement of mankind. 2. Many of the arguments made by climate-change deniers are reminiscent of those who resisted the overwhelming consensus in the medical community that tobacco and smoking caused cancer. Indeed, some of the very same folks are now involved in denying climate change. One such organization is the Heartland Institute and its employees/members, which Forbes and other non-science publications often cite. 3. The predictions of climate scientists of decades ago are now being borne out. For example, the increased thermal energy being retained by the earth's oceans and atmosphere have in fact resulted in evermore frequent and more extreme weather anomalies, way beyond those explainable by the mere variability of weather and naturally occurring shifts in climate (which take tens of thousands of years to manifest themselves). So even though scientists have developed ways to collect data about the earth's weather hundreds of thousands of years in the past, there is no need to go back millions of years. The present climate data and correlations to greenhouse-gas emissions is so strong and predictable that there is now a consensus among experts that we have reached the point where a clear and present danger exists. This is also why several of the most prominent and respected bodies of mathematicians -- e.g., the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics -- have also weighed in on the existence of human-induced climate change. They, as well as the climate scientists, have accepted the "provable facts," just as modern scientists have accepted evolution, notwithstanding a few deniers claiming evolution lacks "provable facts."
Donald July 24, 2013 at 03:59 PM
For some above who apparently may have missed Yale's most recent finding about the conclusions of CLIMATOLOGISTS, I repeat the May 29, 2013, statement by Yale University's center that specializes in the area: "97% of climate scientists agree that global warming is happening and human caused, at least in part."
Rocket J. Squirrel July 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Claim: "97% of climate scientists agree that global warming is happening and human caused, at least in part" Reality: 97% of scientists having peer-reviewed papers claiming that global warming is happening and human caused, at least in part, agree that global warming is happening and human caused, at least in part. Who do you think controls publication decisions and peer-review? Moreover, what is the boundary of "at least in part". Is it "a little". Is it " lotsa" or is it "we have no idea.

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