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Climbing aboard the climate-change bandwagon
By RICHARD AMRHINE
BECAUSE WE HAVE to start
We recently rented "An Inconvenient Truth," his movie about the threat of global warming and the changing climate. The next day I bought a copy so I could lend it out to people.
The inconvenient truth is this: Global warming, caused by human activity, is endangering our planet and the health of future generations--and it is our responsibility to make the lifestyle changes that will help reverse it.
Climate change is undeniable and irrefutable. I don't care that those who choose to ignore the facts are endangering themselves; I care that they are putting my kids and their kids at risk.
The United States is the biggest contributor to the problem, and government at every level must
Supervisors have the opportunity to get automobiles off Interstate 95, to enhance other public transportation services, and to improve bottlenecks that cause vehicles to spew poisons into the air as they idle, and they choose not to accept it. They choose to reject progress.
It was a similar failure to lead that delayed public acceptance
Hundreds of U.S. mayors have pledged to work toward meeting the goals of the Kyoto Protocol, the international agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The mayors are doing this because theirs is one of only two industrialized nations (Australia being the other) that have neither signed the agreement nor come up with an alternative plan.
The cost, of course, is always