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July 28, 2014

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letter to the editor:

Obama understands climate change

I would like to thank President Barack Obama for his courage and foresight in addressing the biggest challenge we face today — global warming, which dramatically affects every form of life on earth.

President Obama’s order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030 is a bold and necessary action to counteract the destructive effects of major climate change.

There is overwhelming consensus by respected international scientists that global warming does exist and that it is driven by greenhouse gases, a byproduct of fossil fuel use.

The evidence supporting this is measurable and abundant. The accelerated effects of global warming correlate with our increased reliance upon and use of fossil fuels. Glaring examples include persistent record-breaking heat waves that linger across continents; the increased frequency of severe or catastrophic weather; the rapid rate of glaciers and polar ice melting, and widespread droughts that plague many areas of the world.

I am grateful that Obama has kept his pledge to protect the health of our precious earth and its inhabitants. He listened to science and not to propaganda promulgated by the fossil fuel industry and by the politicians they support, or to angry, self-serving media pundits who care more about ratings than about facts.

This was the right decision for today and the future.

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