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Jackie S.
Democrat CA 14

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  • Climate Damage Wipes Out Livelihoods

    by Representative Jackie Speier

    Posted on 2015-12-11

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    SPEIER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.) Ms. SPEIER. Mr. Speaker, while many around the world are watching the climate talks in Paris, some of my constituents along the San Francisco Peninsula are watching the Pacific Ocean. That is because an unusually warm climate and water has led to a record toxic algae bloom that contaminates the crabs. Our critical Dungeness crab fishery is closed, and our fishermen are suffering.

    One Half Moon Bay fisherman said: ``If you had asked me 6 months ago about crab, I would've told you we're going to feed our families, we're going to send our kids to college. And I'm not talking just the junior college. If they want to go to Princeton, crab can make this happen with my work ethic. This situation is a new one. This was like getting the legs pulled out from under you.'' So if my Republican colleagues are wondering if climate damage is real or if it is affecting real people, I encourage them to see the docked fishing boats and the landlocked crab pots in my district. Climate damage is wiping out people's livelihoods. We cannot let this become the new normal.


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