Climate change to the

Great Lakes not so great

Editor, The News: 

In an AP article (Report: Great Lakes feeling effects of rapid climate warming, March 21), the effects of global warming on the Great Lakes region were mostly not what we want — more warming than other parts of the country, longer (but much wetter, then drier) growing seasons, more ‘lake effect’ snow, worsening water quality because of major storms, increased beach and coastal erosion. The algal blooms already covering much of Lake Erie are expected to spread.

If we do nothing to fight global warming, all of this will happen to a greater degree than if we take steps to greatly reduce the manmade causes of climate change. The biggest step we can take is to quickly lower the emission of greenhouse gases caused by the burning of fossil fuels — for generating electrical power, for transportation, for heating and cooling our buildings.

Great Lakes states can only do so much in this effort. We need the federal government to take steps nationally to assure that everything that can be done to fight a warming planet is put in place. Passing the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R.763, www.energyinnovationact.org) is the next best step for ensuring that we pass a livable planet to future generations. Learn about it; then urge your member of Congress and senators to quickly enact the legislation. Doing so will greatly reduce emissions, create millions of jobs, save thousands of lives, and put money in the pockets of most American families through a monthly dividend.

Let’s keep the Great Lakes great!

Bruce Cooper

Group leader

Slippery Rock chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby

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