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CLIMATE: Can America act before it’s too late?

Letter by Harvey A. Johns, Gig Harbor on Aug. 13, 2010 at 11:10 am | 64 Comments »
August 13, 2010 1:51 pm

The United States, the second most polluting country on earth, holds a great deal of responsibility to slow global warming. With an annual carbon dioxide emission of approximately six-quadrillion metrics ton, one of our biggest priorities needs to be finding, and more importantly, implementing solutions to global warming.

America isn’t anything more than the people inside it, the people who can actually make a change. Neglecting to reduce our carbon footprint, despite how unpleasant it may be, is something individuals need to focus on to avoid the day when global warming knocks on each of our doors.

A common strain of thought on this issue is that one person rarely makes a difference. True as that may be, it’s crucial not to rely on our peers to make intelligent decisions. The long-term effects of global warming haven’t yet interfered with American families, and they won’t if people can make conscious decisions to improve the environment knowing it will pay off in the future, rather than the present.

This is proof that if Americans want to preserve the beautiful planet we live on, they haven’t started showing it through action – yet.

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