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Fact Check: Senator Dianne Feinstein's speech about the effects of climate change on the state of California Fact Check: Senator Dianne Feinstein's speech about the effects of climate change on the state of California
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Help us Fact Check Senator Dianne Feinstein's claims about climate change in California. Help us Fact Check Senator Dianne Feinstein's claims about climate change in California.
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Senator Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator from California, addressed Congress about the impact of climate change in her state: Senator Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator from California, addressed Congress about the impact of climate change in her state:
http://twitter.com/SenFeinstein/status/1071170867332349953 http://twitter.com/SenFeinstein/status/1071170867332349953
<strong>Claim 1: </strong> <strong>Claim 1: </strong>
"Antarctica holds 90 percent of the world’s ice, and the rate of ice melting and calving increased six-fold from 1994 to 2012" "Antarctica holds 90 percent of the world’s ice, and the rate of ice melting and calving increased six-fold from 1994 to 2012"
<strong>Fact Check 1: True.</strong> <strong>Fact Check 1: True.</strong>
According to NASA, "<a href="https://lima.nasa.gov/antarctica/">Presently, the Antarctic ice sheet contains 90% of the ice on Earth</a>"  According to NASA, "<a href="https://lima.nasa.gov/antarctica/">Presently, the Antarctic ice sheet contains 90% of the ice on Earth</a>".
  According to a report by the <a href="http://www.dfg.de/download/pdf/dfg_im_profil/geschaeftsstelle/publikationen/polarforschungsagenda_2030.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">German National Comittee of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)</a>, the ice mass loss increased by a factor of five from 1992-2001 to 2002-2011.
<strong>Claim 2: </strong> <strong>Claim 2: </strong>
"A six-time increase in ten years. If the West Antarctic ice sheet collapses it will eventually raise sea levels worldwide by 10 feet" "A six-time increase in ten years. If the West Antarctic ice sheet collapses it will eventually raise sea levels worldwide by 10 feet"
<strong>Fact Check 2: True.</strong> <strong>Fact Check 2: True.</strong>
According to a recent report cited by the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/13/science/earth/collapse-of-parts-of-west-antarctica-ice-sheet-has-begun-scientists-say.html">New York Times</a>, "the melting could destabilize neighboring parts of the ice sheet and a rise in sea level of 10 feet or more may be unavoidable in coming centuries". According to a recent report cited by the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/13/science/earth/collapse-of-parts-of-west-antarctica-ice-sheet-has-begun-scientists-say.html">New York Times</a>, "the melting could destabilize neighboring parts of the ice sheet and a rise in sea level of 10 feet or more may be unavoidable in coming centuries".
<strong>Claim 3:</strong> <strong>Claim 3:</strong>
"We have to come to terms with the new reality of severe wildfire seasons. The recent Camp Fire, which is the largest fire California has ever had burned down an astonishing 15,000 homes." "We have to come to terms with the new reality of severe wildfire seasons. The recent Camp Fire, which is the largest fire California has ever had burned down an astonishing 15,000 homes."
<strong>Fact Check 3: Mixed. </strong> <strong>Fact Check 3: Mixed. </strong>
According to the <a href="https://www.redcross.org/local/california/central-california/about-us/our-work/wildfires-response.html">American Red Cross,</a> "The fire is only<span class="red-text"> 35% </span>contained and is still threatening <span class="red-text">15,000 </span>more homes" According to the <a href="https://www.redcross.org/local/california/central-california/about-us/our-work/wildfires-response.html">American Red Cross,</a> "The fire is only<span class="red-text"> 35% </span>contained and is still threatening <span class="red-text">15,000 </span>more homes"
UPI <a href="https://www.upi.com/California-wildfires-At-least-5-dead-15000-homes-threatened/4431541761294/">reports</a>, "Cal Fire said the fire destroyed an estimated 2,000 structures, including a large swath of the town of Paradise. Another 15,000 are threatened." UPI <a href="https://www.upi.com/California-wildfires-At-least-5-dead-15000-homes-threatened/4431541761294/">reports</a>, "Cal Fire said the fire destroyed an estimated 2,000 structures, including a large swath of the town of Paradise. Another 15,000 are threatened."
Cal Fire <a href="http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2277">data </a> show that as of December 14, 2018, the Camp Fire was 100% contained and had burned 153,336 acres.  A total of 86 civilians died.  Among 1,065 firefighters who fought the fire, 3 were injured.  Structures destroyed include 13,972 residences, 528 commercial, and 4,293 other buildings. Cal Fire <a href="http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2277">data </a> show that as of December 14, 2018, the Camp Fire was 100% contained and had burned 153,336 acres.  A total of 86 civilians died.  Among 1,065 firefighters who fought the fire, 3 were injured.  Structures destroyed include 13,972 residences, 528 commercial, and 4,293 other buildings.
<strong>Claim 4:</strong> <strong>Claim 4:</strong>
"It’s not all bad news, California has mandated that 50 percent of its electricity must be from renewable sources by 2030" "It’s not all bad news, California has mandated that 50 percent of its electricity must be from renewable sources by 2030"
<strong>Fact check 4: True. </strong> <strong>Fact check 4: True. </strong>
The California Air Resources Board <a href="https://www.arb.ca.gov/html/fact_sheets/2030_renewables.pdf">mentions in their 2030 climate initiative</a> that its goal is "increasing renewable resources to 50 percent of the state’s electricity consumption by 2030 sets California on path to meet its 2050 climate change goals". The California Air Resources Board <a href="https://www.arb.ca.gov/html/fact_sheets/2030_renewables.pdf">mentions in their 2030 climate initiative</a> that its goal is "increasing renewable resources to 50 percent of the state’s electricity consumption by 2030 sets California on path to meet its 2050 climate change goals".
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Sources Sources
<p>Cal Fire Incident Information Camp Fire. Last updated December 14, 2018.  Accessed December 25, 2018 at http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2277</p> <p>Cal Fire Incident Information Camp Fire. Last updated December 14, 2018.  Accessed December 25, 2018 at http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents/incidentdetails/Index/2277</p>

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