Call your legislator

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) July Climate Report indicates that the Grand Traverse County area has experienced one of the largest average temperature rises, almost 2 degrees F, in the nation. In all of NW Lower Peninsula, we have witnessed one of the wettest spring seasons on record.

As an active member of the Grand Traverse chapter of the bipartisan group Citizens Climate Lobby, I encourage you to call your legislators during the August recess to urge them to take action when they return in September on HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act — a bipartisan legislation mandating a carbon fee on the major polluters that is returned to all citizens. Also, it is encouraging to note that four additional climate change solutions bills have been introduced recently: three in the House and one in the Senate.

I encourage you to review the summaries of the Climate Rebate Act, Stemming Warming Augmenting Pay Act and the Raise Wages, Cut Carbon Act. It is too easy to surrender to hopelessness about our climate; instead, strongly demand action in our federal government. Our future generations deserve a livable planet.

Kathleen Birdsall

Traverse City

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