Prominent Republicans call for climate action now

Here's some news you won't see on FOX News: Four former EPA chiefs, all Republicans, back President Obama's climate action plan, and call for even stronger action, immediately:

Each of us took turns over the past 43 years running the Environmental Protection Agency. We served Republican presidents, but we have a message that transcends political affiliation: the United States must move now on substantive steps to curb climate change, at home and internationally.

There is no longer any credible scientific debate about the basic facts: our world continues to warm, with the last decade the hottest in modern records, and the deep ocean warming faster than the earth’s atmosphere. Sea level is rising. Arctic Sea ice is melting years faster than projected.

The costs of inaction are undeniable. The lines of scientific evidence grow only stronger and more numerous. And the window of time remaining to act is growing smaller: delay could mean that warming becomes “locked in.”

The last phrase is a reference to an absolutely jaw-dropping study, brilliant laid out on Climate Central, on sea level rise.

(The phrase "locked in" has been used instead of the usual "commitment" to climate change, which is one of those hideously counter-intuitive scientific phrases — like "positive feedback loop — which expresses the exact opposite emotion evoked by the reality of climate change. "Locked in" is a vast improvement.)

Here's a look at that study by Ben Strauss, which predicts in our children's life time — or ours — well-known cities like Boston, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Sacramento, will be at least a foot underwater. 

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