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Environmental Activists Urge Fossil Fuel Industry to Donate to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

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In a press release sent out today, 350.org, a global, grassroots organization committed to solving the climate crisis, is asking supporters to sign on to a petition calling on the fossil fuel industry to help clean up Hurricane Sandy.

According to the group, their offices in Brooklyn flooded last night and thus felt a “tiny sense” of what millions of families are going through. 350.org stated that although there is a deep sadness concerning what happened, there is also anger, as we continue experiencing the affects of climate change.

The organization encouraged people to both donate to the Red Cross and also insist “the fossil fuel industry divert the millions of dollars they are spending to influence the election towards vital recovery efforts.”

The group noted that this industry has spent $150 million dollars influencing the presidential election so far, with Chevron breaking the record for the largest single corporate donation at $2.5 million to a GOP Super PAC.

350.org stated “the industry efforts have paid off,” as the climate crisis has not been properly addressed by politicians. Big Oil still receives $4 billion a year in tax breaks, and for the first time since 1988, climate change wasn’t even addressed in the presidential debates.

The organization stated that now is the time we “make polluters pay for the damage they help create.”

350.org listed the following ways the industry has contributed to climate change, and thus Hurricane Sandy:

  • By heating the average temperature of the planet, global warming puts more energy into storms.
  • Since warm air holds more water than cold, the atmosphere is about 4% wetter than it was in 1970, leading to heavier rain falls that make flooding more likely.
  • Storm surges now ride on sea levels that have risen over the last century due to global warming, amplifying flooding losses where the surge strikes. In the Northeast United States, sea levels are rising up to four times faster than the global average, making this area more vulnerable to storm surge and flooding.
  • Right now, sea surface temperatures along the Northeast U.S. coast are about 5°F above average, which is likely to help keep the storm powered up and load moisture into the storm, fueling heavy rain. September had the second highest global ocean temperatures on record.