Monday, June 4, 2018

Connie Young - 6-1-2018 - Let’s focus on environmental devastation and climate change and impact on the poor

Let’s focus on environmental devastation and climate change and impact on the poor

June 01, 2018 02:16 PM

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Matt Armstrong - 5-30-2018 - GOP members secretly admit climate change is real

GOP members secretly admit climate change is real

May 30, 2018 05:37 PM

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Andrea De Zubiria - May 2018 - California Wild Fires - unpublished

California Wild Fires
Your article about terrifying encounters recorded on bodycams as police evacuated residents from  last years’ wildfires in Northern California, was on my mind all day.    Warmer weather is coming and with it, a high probability of more California fires.   Many of our public servants and our neighbors will be in the line of danger,  and we will all have to deal with the toxic air.   

The massive fires are caused by a variety of factors.  Experts site issues with land management and urban development,  combined with changes in weather patterns that lead to lots of dry combustible fuel .   

 The changes in weather patterns are caused by human activities that produce carbon.  Even NASA says “there is no question that increased levels of greenhouse gases must cause the Earth to warm in response. “   

 One ray of hope:  as of this week, there are 39 Republican and 39 Democratic  members of Congress working together in a Climate Solutions Caucus.  Ideally these leaders will create legislation to put a fee on carbon production.  This will stimulate clean technology innovation and job growth while addressing climate change.    

Why haven’t members of Congress from the Central Valley joined the Climate Solutions Caucus?  

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Andrea Farber De Zubiria - March 9, 2018 - Climate Change Solutions Caucus draws bipartisan support

Climate Change Solutions Caucus draws bipartisan support

March 09, 2018 11:41 AM

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Don Gaede - February 2018, not published - China Peak snow


Marek Warszowski’s article about the financial woes of China Peak demonstrates another way that climate change is going to be bad for business--especially the ski business.  Climate scientists say this year’s snow no-show is likely to be part of long-term trend; they predict a 50% decline in Sierra snow pack by the end of the century.

Not surprisingly, climate change has been a top priority of America’s ski industry for at least 15 years.  Their very existence depends on a cool climate.

The National Ski Areas Association website says “Climate change presents challenges to the ski industry that require proactive planning, bold action and leadership.”  They advocate reducing the carbon emissions of their operations through energy efficiency, as well as legislation on climate change solutions.  They also encourage skiers to ask their legislators to act to prevent climate change.

So I call on all skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, and other lovers of snow to contact Reps. Devin Nunes, David Valadao, and Jim Costa.  Ask them to pass legislation now to help protect our winter snowpack, and help keep China Peak in business.

 Don Gaede

Don Gaede - January 2018 - not published - Climate Change a Clear and Present Danger


As Peter McDonald noted in his Jan. 12 letter, the cost of climate change is beginning to be felt, and as it turns out, it's not going to come cheap.

It is one thing to commit an error, but to do nothing when you know better—that’s just plain stupidity.  Our nation’s best scientific institutions--NASA, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American College of Physicians--have given us fair warning about the threat of climate change.   It is irresponsible and negligent for our congressional representatives to sit on their hands in the face of this threat. 

Winston Churchill said, “I never worry about action, but only inaction.”  Climate change, we know now, is a clear and present danger.  We should be electing representatives who are not afraid to act, to protect both our bank accounts and our lives.

Don Gaede


Peter McDonald - Jan. 12, 2018 - Mudslides, fires are all symptoms of climate change

Mudslides, fires are all symptoms of climate change

January 12, 2018 02:43 PM

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