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Fires and our climate

Today we are trapped indoors once again with windows shut, attempting to keep out hazardous smoke-filled air. Like last summer, our August plans of camping, hiking and basically all outdoor activities are thwarted…due to smoke. The Spokesman-Review article (“Science says: The warmer it is, the more fire we see,” Aug. 20, 2018) says, “The warmer it is, the more fire we see” … the new normal. And why is it warmer? Because human-caused climate change has warmed the world. This is fact that Trump and other GOP climate deniers don’t take into their plans as they deregulate air quality controls (auto emissions) and continue to promote oil and coal industries. Andrew Wheeler, the new director of the EPA is a former coal lobbyist. Is that the fox in the hen house? Cathy McMorris Rogers approved him, and has continued to support all Trump de-regulation actions and House legislation that contributes to climate change. Those of us with children, and grandchildren deserve better … some form of hope that we can make healthy, scientifically based decisions that will protect our environment and the planet. Lisa Brown is intelligent. She understands and believes the science of climate change and knows that we need to proactively, aggressively work towards solutions … not more fuel for the fire!

Pam Davies



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