Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Last February, the family of Sen. Inhofe of Oklahoma had some fun at Al Gore’s expense after record snowfall blanketed Washington, D.C. The family built an igloo near the Capitol building, and the senator posted photos on his Facebook page. They added signs that read, “AL GORE’S NEW HOME!” and “HONK IF YOU LOVE GLOBAL WARMING.” Bob Anderson would have loved it. Last summer, Maryland recorded 19 heat-related deaths. Bet they’d love to have that igloo back. If Inhofe went home for the August break, I hope he enjoyed the heat indexes exceeding 110 degrees in eastern Oklahoma.
Meanwhile, from Australia to Moscow, this year has seen the warmest summers yet, as well as the warmest ocean temperatures ever recorded. In Greenland, the Petermann Glacier calved an iceberg larger than Manhattan Island. Heat advisories were issued for weeks in the southeast with heat indexes over 120 degrees. Record floods, fires, heat, drought and monsoon storms are creating havoc worldwide. Could climate change be a possibility?
My question to those opposed to the mere thought of man’s effect on the planet has been and continues to be, “What if it’s true?” What is the downside to acting like we can have an effect on the planet? A positive effect. New technologies could bring us cleaner air, cleaner water, safer food, alternative energies, electric cars, smarter cities and maybe healthier citizens. New technologies open the door to increasing exports, lowering our deficit and unemployment by giving displaced workers new opportunities.
So I am asking for any member of the vocal anti-everything crowd that frequents this forum to tell me why we should not make bold moves forward. Please, I am waiting for one logical argument. If not now, then when?
Wait, maybe this is why, suggested to me by my wife. Acknowledging the possibility of climate change may require a change in your lifestyle and acceptance of responsibility. Less waste, less greed, less Me! Me! Me! and Mine! Mine! Mine! Your friends just wouldn’t understand. Neither would Uncles Glenn, Billo, Rush or Sean.
Craig S. Chisesi
Harry Reid just introduced a new version of the DREAM Act (SB 3992). The fourth one this session. Reid vowed in the thick of his tough re-election fight in heavily Hispanic Nevada to hold a vote on the DREAM act when Congress returned to finish its end-of-the-year business. Also Hispanic voters played a major role in sparing Michael Bennet from being toppled by a GOP wave.
Frank Sharry of America’s Voice, an immigrant advocacy group, said, “We’re going to try to make it painful” for those who oppose efforts to give illegal immigrants a path to legal status. The DREAM Act would provide amnesty to more than 2 million illegal aliens and open the door to endless chain migration, and is filled with loopholes and lacks any enforcement provisions, which could lead to fraud and invite more illegal immigration.
Tell Congress We the People want our immigration laws enforced, not another amnesty. Urge your senators to vote “no” on the DREAM Act.
What we have here, folks, is shovel-ready global warming.
Jack E. Blankenship
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Grace Wesseling is an animal lover, a cheerleader of seven years and another soon-to-be graduate of Bridges High School, class of 2021.