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Your Views: We need political will to curb global warming

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April 28, 2014

Thanks for the nice Earth Day editorial on global warming.

As a parent and grandparent, I have the moral responsibility to do what I can to save my children’s future by halting this menace we call global warming. Yes, I must conserve energy every way I can. But the problem is much bigger than individual conservation actions can address. We need policies that take us steadily away from carbon-polluting fuels and toward fuels we can live with. We need the political will to make it happen.

What can a person do? Conserve energy (save some money).

Learn all you can about climate change, how it works, and the possible solutions. Begin with the links provided in the editorial. They are informative, especially Skeptical Science.

Learn to say no to the big energy companies. We need to control them, not them us.

Talk with your neighbors and friends. This is their future, too. Let your congressional representatives know your wishes. They won’t do what you want if you don’t tell them what you want.

Join an organization. It can be lonely and depressing taking on the most powerful companies in the world by yourself. Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Care of Creation, 350.org, the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club are a few of your choices.

It is good to remember this is not a partisan issue. There are people in both parties working for a solution. Fossil fuels and partisanship are dead-ends on this issue.

DAN SLICK

Madison



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