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The time to ignore climate change has passed. (By Richard Amrhine)

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Must we end up like the chicken who fails to realize that the pot of water he's in has a fire under it? Americans have proven time and again that our biggest challenges appear insurmountable only until we put our minds, efforts, and resources toward a solution. But that requires us to sharpen our focus and deal more efficiently with the less-important issues that divide us.

TIME TO GET BUSY

Even as we struggle to get our own environmental act together, developing countries such as China and India are belching fossil fuel emissions at unprecedented rates that more than offset modest gains made by the U.S. and other industrial nations. Unlike the United States, where natural gas is becoming a cleaner power plant fuel alternative, the use of coal is expanding in those countries where emissions go unchecked. This may be America's toughest diplomatic challenge.

The New York Times reported recently that scientists who track global emissions say that meeting a goal set three years ago to limit the planet's warming to 3.6 degrees may soon be unattainable.

There's a fire under the pot we're in. Are we just going to let ourselves boil?

Richard Amrhine is a writer and editor with The Free Lance-Star.


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