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Pete Moe - 3-9-2016 - GOP ignores climate change at our peril

GOP ignores climate change at our peril

March 9, 2016
The most recent Republican presidential debate was entertaining, yet highly unpresidential. I want my elected officials to be serious about serious issues. One of the most serious issues ignored by these candidates was climate change and how to address it.
“Mideast drought worst in 900 years” was the story in The Bee on March 4.
NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies concluded that the years from 1998 to 2012 were drier than any other period, and that the drought was likely caused by humans.
Earlier this year, The Bee reported that in the years 2012-2014, the drought in California was the most severe we have experienced in at least 1,200 years. That report was written by researchers at Massachusetts’ Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. On Feb. 23, The Bee reported that “Sea levels on Earth are rising several times faster than they have in the past 2,800 years and are accelerating because of man-made global warming.”
It is time for our elected leaders to remember the value of science, quit denying the human impact on global warming, and get back to compromising on political answers to address these climate issues.
Pete Moe, Clovis
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