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Letter: Tell representatives to act on global warming (Gazette)

Tell representatives to act on global warming

Editor:

The National Centers for Environmental Information website, part of NOAA, features a section devoted to “2016 Billion-Dollar Weather & Climate Disasters,” complete with a map depicting 15 such U.S. events in 2016, including “West Virginia Flooding and Ohio Valley Tornadoes, June 22-24.” Based on a recent Gazette-Mail report, federal funds for flood recovery efforts from this devastating weather event will reach a total of $107 million. Such a historic occurrence is no longer rare, due to extreme weather patterns created by the warming climate.

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a bipartisan organization, is asking all concerned citizens to call their members of Congress to act on climate on June 9. This event is planned to precede the arrival in D.C. of more than 1,000 CCL members who will be asking members Congress to address climate change this June 13. Your phone conversations with members of Congress or their staffers might take the form of a personal story of how you are affected by climate change and/or your request that Congress consider action, such as the CCL’s proposed bill on carbon ree and dividend (a fee on fossil fuels at point of extraction with money distributed to all American households). Please make calls to your congressman and senators on June 9 (Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121).

Holly Cloonan

Charleston

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