The politics of not respecting our environment and denying climate change are everywhere. We have Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter and their misleading statements about Hurricane Irma in Florida. Coulter ridiculously said Miami was suffering from a “light rain,” and Limbaugh sarcastically said the media exaggerated the hurricane’s severity as a way to increase fears about climate change.

Then there are Florida Gov. Rick Scott and federal Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt, who don’t want citizens or their staff to talk about climate change, even though citizens want to know how climate change affects their lives. Our president feels global warming is a hoax. His cabinet is filled with climate skeptics and deniers, and he has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord.

A Chicago Tribune article states higher temperatures, increase in number of storms and more flooding are reducing the lifespan of roads and bridges and causing railways to buckle. The Midwest Economic Policy Institute reports the Midwest’s average air temperature has risen 4.5 degrees since 1980, and there has been increase in electricity outages and the number of heavy rains.

A Wisconsin State Journal article indicates the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration believes the earth has warmed by 1.8 degrees, and seas have risen by 8 inches. Scientists feel global warming is manmade because of carbon dioxide, which fills the air from burning coal, oil and natural gas. They also state global warming is causing many Americans to experience sickness, injury and early death.

LEON K. FREEBURG

Janesville

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