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May 15, 2014

WALLACE: Facts don't lie, climate change is real

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Tonawanda News — All of these changes are due to carbon dioxide pollution that comes from the burning of coal, natural gas and oil along with deforestation and certain industrial processing.

You hear people say that climate change is just a scare tactic by environmentalists or how could there be global warming when we’ve had some of the coldest or snowiest winters in recent years?

According to the EPA, harsher winters do not mean that global warming isn’t happening. The winters of 2010 and 2011 were colder than the average winters from the previous decades. And more harsh winters happen because in a warmer climate, more water vapor is held in the atmosphere causing more intense rain and snowstorms. 

I am not sure what is behind the claims Rubio and others have made. Perhaps it is that they do not want to lose funding by big financial supporters in the coal and oil industry. But by denying the science of climate change, these politicians are selling dangerous lies to their constituents just to get re-elected.

Climate change does not discriminate. The effects will reach people whether they choose to believe in it or not. This isn’t or shouldn’t be made into a political issue. This should be an issue for all humanity, not just U.S. citizens or just Democrats. This is our planet we are talking about. 

Whether you believe that climate change is happening — or if you think you’re being sold a line of bull — you already are feeling its effects.

But it’s not too late to try to fix the damage that has been done. There are things we can do to stem the tide and slow the change. 

We can reduce the amount of greenhouse gas pollution we release and lower the risk of much greater warming and its consequences. There are many ways to help contribute to lowering carbon emissions like carpooling, using public transportation, buying hybrid or electric vehicles, using energy efficient lighting and appliances in your home and recycling. 

But first you have to believe in years of scientific research over claims from a politician who will say anything to get your vote.

Amy Wallace is the city editor of the Tonawanda News. Contact her at amy.wallace@tonawanda-news.com.

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