Obama’s Science Czar: ‘Man-Made’ Climate Change Endangering Shrimp, Lobsters, Crabs

Who's advising the science adviser?President Obama’s top science and technology adviser warned that man-made climate change is putting shrimp, lobsters, crabs and oysters at risk.

John Holdren, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said at a White House-sponsored event that some of the excess carbon dioxide dissolves in seawater to form carbonic acid.

Vice President Joe Biden, who also addressed the summit, said there would be “winners and losers” as the U.S. transitions to a sustainable energy source.

“This puts at risk all of the marine organisms that make their shells from calcium carbonate including shrimp, oysters, lobsters, crabs and many of the zooplankton near the base of ocean food webs,” Holdren said at the White House’s Summit on Climate & the Road through Paris: Business & Science. “We know too that climate change will continue for many decades to come.”

According to Holdren, the “pace and pattern of the changes in climate” that have occurred since the industrial revolution match with “great fidelity” what climate science told us would result from the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere.

“Clear beyond reasonable doubt is that the ongoing human-caused changes in climate are already causing harm to life, property, economics and ecosystems including more extremely hot days and longer and stronger heat waves often accompanied by worse smog,” Holdren said.

“Longer allergy seasons, a larger fraction of total precipitation coming in extreme downpours resulting in floods and mudslides, an increase in the power of the strongest tropical storms, shoreline erosion and aggravation, coastal flooding by sea levels rising, longer and more intense droughts in regions prone to drought, a longer wildfire season and larger areas burned in regions prone to that and major impacts on ecosystem dynamics, including the factors governing pest outbreaks and geographic ranges of tropical diseases,” he added.

Biden told the audience he had to leave a meeting with President Obama to attend the event.

“As much as I love you I’ve been in a meeting with the president on other matters for the last two hours and it’s hard to say, ‘Mr. President, you’re on your own. I’m leaving.’ Although he is on his own. He doesn’t need me,” he said.

Biden called the business sector, corporate America and the financial sectors “indispensible partners” in combating climate change.

“Absent your judgment that we have to act to have a sustainable energy source, we’re not going to get anywhere,” he said.

Biden said the government should be mindful of the impact on the coal industry.

“We would be lying to one another if we didn’t acknowledge there’s winners and losers as we make this transition. There are — we try to accommodate for that in our suggestions — for example, coal,” Biden said.

“There’s a whole group of hard-working, decent, honorable people who’ve built an entire culture for the last 150 years around coal. It’s not just a salary, it’s not just a coalmine, it’s how you get married, how you get buried, what your social mores are, what churches you go to,” he added, referencing his hometown of Scranton, Pa.

Biden pointed out that the coal miners and others would ultimately be hurt by the development of alternative energy sources.

“Those of my liberal friends who just dismiss this notion that, ‘well, it’s just the way transitions occur’ – there are people who get hurt. There will be industries that get hurt, and it matters, and we have an obligation to help them transition,” he said.

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    Al Shelton

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    For a man in the position that he holds, and his education, it is totally unbelievable that he could be so ignorant about the fallacy of the GHG Hypothesis.
    He is either woefully ignorant, or he is aiding and abetting a fraud. IMO.

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      Squidly

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      Oh Al, please do a little cursory research into just who John Holdren really is … you will come to the unmistakable conclusion that he is not just aiding and abetting this fraud, he is deeply ingrained and personally invested in this fraud. He is as guilty in this fraud as anyone else can be.

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    Amber

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    Couldn’t agree more Al Shelton . Anyone this stunned is doing his country a great service by not running for President . (As if he had a chance anyway ) Just another delusion .

    Holdren .. “Climate change will occur for many decades to come ” . Really . Who knew . When has climate NOT changed Holdren ? What is he really saying … We will destoy the American economy to achieve no results because in truth we can’t control the climate . Never could and never will but thanks for being the dupes you are .

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    Amber

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    I am surprised Holdren didn’t reveal his depopulation strategies outlined in his earlier work .
    You are not going to have any discernible effect on CO2 unless there is massive depopulation, but that is Chapter 2 after all .

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    Amber

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    Holdren is simply trying to punt his role in the global warming scam down the road a few decades till he is long gone and can no longer be held accountable .

    Scientists are increasingly getting the courage to tell the truth because they are the ones the politicians and green Marxist will point to in justifying there attempts to ruin the economy while creating more pollution elsewhere .
    Don’t destroy your E mails Holdren .

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    aido

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    As ‘science czar’, you’d think Hpldren would have heard about the pH scale.

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    Amber

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    The USA is constantly negotiating last minute deals to not default on it’s massive debt yet Obama wants to send $$billions out of the country so he can UNDEVELOPE the USA .
    When Obama democrats undermine the USA economy through the EPA where are the increased taxes going to come from ?

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    John from Michigan

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    To Al Shelton: this guy is not ignorant. He is aiding and abetting a fraud and knows quite well what he is doing. And that is to destroy capitalism and make the U.S. a socialist country. Climate has nothing to do with their goals. Christiana Figueres, the U.N.’s top climate change official, says that it’s not about the climate. It’s about redistribution of the wealth and the destruction of capitalism. She’s one of the few in this warming bunch that is telling the truth.

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    Amber

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    The only endangered shrimp are the conmen promoting the earth has a fever scam .
    Winners and losers .. The losers will be Democrats that have supported this scam because when the American people fully realize how they are to be shafted the price will be heavy . Claiming to represent working people and then eliminating their jobs while increasing taxes is a sure way to exit politics .
    Such a shame Biden won’t be sitting in the big chair when this shakes out . Perhaps he would rather not wear it .

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    Amber

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    Biden is right about one thing … the President is on his own mission to hurt the “losers ” will not be overlooked .

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    GR82DRV

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    Hey, the dude’s got all the right credentials:

    White beard, unkempt haircut, wire rims, university tenure, arrogant attitude, and probably wearing Birkenstocks.

    He can’t be wrong.

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    Charles Higley

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    Calcium carbonate is less soluble in warm water than in cold water, which is why coral reefs are in warmer water, a no-brainer. And more CO2 would lower the pH by a tiny bit because seawater is a complex buffer. But, even so, these organisms have what is called internal physiology that easily handles any tiny pH change and allows them to thrive on having more CO2 from which to build structures. By the way photosynthetic activities are alkalizing processes which significantly increase the pH in bays and estuaries, by as much as 2 whole units or more and the organisms are just fine and thrive. There is simply no downside to more CO2, other than it goes against the globalist agenda to oppress and enslave the world.

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    Amber

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    Why would the Chinese be building islands in the middle of the South China Sea if they actually thought
    sea levels would rise and wipe them out ? This about sending them money while continuing to deindustrialize the USA care of the Obama administration naive self interest .

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    Amber

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    Holdren needs to come clean and tell the world how many billion people less he thinks make a “sustainable ” planet and what his like minded friends plans are to achieve that figure in the next several decades . Would those in the depopulation statistics be considered part of the “losers ” ?

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