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Letter: Harvey is warning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

To the Editor:

The record-setting weather events in Texas make clear that something dire is happening with the climate. Little of the TV coverage even mentions climate change, which is a public disservice. Scientists are justifiably loath to ascribe any particular storm to global warming or climate change. Nonetheless, when a storm clearly exceeds in intensity and duration anything previously experienced, the excess can be assigned to climate change with a high level of certainty.

It should be a warning to us all that we have only begun to see the tip of the iceberg in terms of the devastation that climate change makes possible. It is high time to take steps both to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions with a universal carbon fee as well as to reduce atmospheric carbon by sequestering it in farm soils with carbon farming.

This will require new policy, both in general and in the upcoming farm bill. Senators and representatives should be contacted and encouraged to support these critical measures or we’re going to see a whole lot more of this sort of tragedy. In the 7 months of President Donald Trump’s administration, there already has been an executive order that weakens us and our infrastructure in regards to storms. We are heading in the wrong direction on climate change with this administration. I know some people have issues with climate change, but as the storms get stronger every year, maybe we should take precautions to protect ourselves, and not play politics. 

Pat Varda

McHenry

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