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Tackling climate change

Mussolini described the process of dropping the pretense of democracy and establishing a dictatorship as plucking a chicken one feather at a time. This is probably a good description of how climate change has become the problem that it is now as well. We’ve been increasing our use and reliance on fossil fuels while at the same time deforesting much of the planet since the Industrial Revolution. Now it’s caught up with us.

So what do we do now? Well, let’s think about how “Every cloud has a silver lining,” and “If you get a lemon make lemonade.”

By tackling this problem here are a few potential benefits: a healthier and longer life span; saving us money; easier to get around; job creation and job opportunities; helping us compete in the world; strengthening our economy; leaving a better environment for our children.

Tackling climate change is something individuals, businesses and government should be rushing to do. The faster we move, the better will be our odds of realizing the benefits of dealing with possibly the greatest challenge and opportunities civilization has ever known.

A good place to start will be to vote for Initiative 1631 this November.

Del Nord

Spokane