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Reader Opinion: Climate change is here

No one under 30 years old has ever seen a month cooler than average. All of those months above and now 2014 was the warmest year. Only a few, like the gentleman from Pillager, still ignore the ocean of evidence filling the global warming record b...

No one under 30 years old has ever seen a month cooler than average. All of those months above and now 2014 was the warmest year. Only a few, like the gentleman from Pillager, still ignore the ocean of evidence filling the global warming record books but see only the drop that splashes in the denier bucket. The stage is set in 2015 to prevent severe, pervasive and irreversible damage.

The worlds' top three leaders have declared climate change a top priority in 2015. The leader of the free world President Obama, the leader of the Christian world Pope Francis and the leader of the United Nations Sam Kutesa all see climate change as an eminent danger. In December the United Nations will convene in Paris to sign a historic agreement by all nations to reduce carbon emissions. It's not too late to prevent the worst climate destruction, although 10 years ago hearing the first dire warnings, only 1 percent/year reduction would have been necessary. Now, it is 6 percent/year.

At the September UN climate meeting in New York, a totally unexpected 400,000 protesters filled the streets demanding an end to fossil fuel. The U.S. Climate Assessment of 2014 clearly spelled out our dire position. The original Rockefeller Oil fund sold their fossil fuel holdings ($50 billion, 2014). The leaders of the world hear the millions of poor already suffering and dying but the new U.S. House and Senate Republican leaders are 90 percent deniers. Claiming science ignorance and inability to read undeniable mathematical climate trend lines, they are unlikely to ratify a signed climate treaty when our president returns from Paris. Climate success in 2015 will again mean each of us install solar, eat mostly plants, and take conservation measures. Work together and share your ideas.

Neal Lesmeister

Baxter

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