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Letter: Reacting to extreme weather, climate change requires cooperation across party lines
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Rising Lake Lanier levels Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, flood the Lake Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club boathouse. About two feet of water flooded the lower level of the boathouse where boats are stored. - photo by Scott Rogers

Thanks for your coverage in Wednesday’s paper about the recent rains. It’s clear that we’ve had a lot of rain, but your article and pictures help to put the weather into perspective, particularly when Jim O’Dell of the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club mentions that this is the fourth flood that he’s had to deal with in three years.

It’s not just the water, but the mud, the cleanup and the hazard of elevated levels of bacteria in the lake that impede the athletes. Unfortunately, more rain is on the way.

The Associated Press is reporting that parts of northern California are currently coping with flooding and landslides from heavy rains, which measured up to 20 inches in 48 hours at one weather station. Only last summer, their problem was drought and wildfire. In northwest Alaska, the Air Force is coping with coastal erosion and melting permafrost at locations where radar installations are situated. When these stations were built  to warn us of a surprise attack from Russia back in the 1950s, melting permafrost was not a consideration according to National Public Radio.

Climate science can’t draw a direct link between global warming and a particular extreme weather event. It does maintain that the probability of such events will increase. I’ll let you be the judge as to whether or not extreme weather is becoming more common.

While meteorology and climate science only deal in probability, one thing is certain. No meaningful action concerning our climate can occur without cooperation between liberals and conservatives.

Our most prominent national leaders have so far shied away from taking the initiative on cooperation; however, there is a bipartisan bill in the House of Representatives aimed at using market forces to mitigate the effects of climate change: The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 763.

There is also at least one grassroots organization that actively encourages this necessary cooperative spirit: Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Last spring, CCL worked with Brenau University to hold an educational seminar on climate change. Shortly thereafter, a Gainesville chapter was formed.

Last summer, CCL arranged for former Republican congressman Bob Inglis from South Carolina to meet with Rep. Doug Collins and local leaders. Inglis is currently executive director of  RepublicEn, a national organization that advocates free market solutions to climate change.

This April 8 at the Dahlonega campus of UNG, CCL is co-hosting a presentation by retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Rick Devereaux. He is the former director of operations, policy, planning and strategy of the U.S. Air Force. He will be speaking about the relationship between climate change and national security. The event is free and open to the public at the Hoag Auditorium. It will begin at 5 p.m.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is not motivated by ideology and is not associated with any political party. It is motivated by results and is associated with the spirit of cooperation.

Brian E. Moss


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