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Urges Rep. Wagner To Act On Climate Change


On Dec. 12, about 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change. It called on the world, including St. Louis, to cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution.

I am a lifelong resident of South County. I personally saw the impact of climate change as a seasonal park ranger at Crater Lake National Park, Ore., for the past 23 years. Last winter, 2014-15, Crater Lake saw our lowest snowpack in our park's history. As a result, we experienced our biggest forest fire in our history this past summer. Smoke from this record-sized wildfire made it difficult to hike, take pictures, and enjoy the park last August.

When I have met with staff of Rep. Ann Wagner, they expressed to me that Rep. Wagner does think climate change is real and Congress should take action. When I shared this information with the Times Editor-in-Chief, Don Corrigan, his response: "I will believe it when I see it."

It is true that Rep. Wagner is a strong opponent of President Obama's EPA Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution U.S. and St. Louis area power plants.

The good news for Rep. Wagner is Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL)'s carbon fee and dividend proposal. It would cut carbon pollution much deeper than EPA regulations (90 percent vs. 32 percent) while growing the economy, creating over 2 million new jobs nationwide.

Thus, Rep. Ann Wagner should support Citizens' Climate Lobby's Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal to take action on climate change.

Brian Ettling
South County
December 23, 2015

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