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Obama adresses action on climate change

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Finally a president has the courage to face climate change head-on. Obama is to be congratulated. For many, many years scientists’ data have been warning of a variety of canaries in coalmines, as it were, all the way from increasing extinction of species to carbon, air and water pollution, warnings of increasing storms, floods, wildfires and droughts, and acceleration of increased long-term temperature rise.

Obama outlined a “climate action” plan. He calls for new rules on carbon pollution, promotion of renewable energy sources and new energy-efficiency standards. He is directing agencies to brace for the effects of climate change which includes hotter temperatures and stronger storms. He will seek global agreements on climate change. (Most of his plan involves executive activity that does not require legislative action.)

Many will criticize him. I applaud him. The Izaak Walton League applauds him.

With an objective mindset, let’s give the issue a chance to be debated and implemented in the open at the national government level, no longer swept under the rug.

Where to foster an open mind? Allow science to tell its story. Public broadcasting offers several television programs under the heading of “Nature” and also “Nova.” They are skillfully scripted by specialist scientists and writers and, in easily viewable fashion, show us findings in worlds we probably will never see from the Antarctic, Sahara, Himalayas to “blue hole” caves in the seas of the Caribbean. Each of these explorations teach us why our earth behaves as it does.  John Muir said it best, “When you pick up anything by itself, you find it hitched to everything in the universe.”

An independent organization, Union of Concerned Scientists, covers findings factually. Some magazines, National Geographic, for example, does the same. We don’t want biases; we want facts; then we’ll think and decide.

Be determined, President Obama. The world’s grandchildren need a sustainable planet to live on. — Sally Hausken, Prairie Woods Chapter, Izaak Walton League

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