Fact Check: Senator Dianne Feinstein's speech about the effects of climate change on the state of California

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Senator Dianne Feinstein, United States Senator from California, addressed Congress about the impact of climate change in California:

Sen Dianne Feinstein on Twitter

It’s not all bad news, California has mandated that 50 percent of its electricity must be from renewable sources by 2030, and we’re actually ahead of schedule and on track to reach that deadline by 2020. More must be done, but that’s certainly a move in the right direction. https://t.co/CrvTHTsc0k

Claim 1: 

“Antarctica holds 90 percent of the world’s ice, and the rate of ice melting and calving increased six-fold from 1994 to 2012”

Fact Check 1: True.

According to NASA, “Presently, the Antarctic ice sheet contains 90% of the ice on Earth

Claim 2: 

“A six-time increase in ten years. If the West Antarctic ice sheet collapses it will eventually raise sea levels worldwide by 10 feet”

Fact Check 2: True.

According to a recent report cited by the New York Times, “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”.

Claim 3:

“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.”

Fact Check 3: Mixed. 

According to the American Red Cross, “The fire is only 35% contained and is still threatening 15,000 more homes”

UPI reports, “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.”

Claim 4:

“It’s not all bad news, California has mandated that 50 percent of its electricity must be from renewable sources by 2030”

Fact check 4: True. 

The California Air Resources Board mentions in their 2030 climate initiative 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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