On Black Friday the Trump administration released the National Climate Assessment. Thirteen federal agencies contributed, including the military. The conclusion for Kansas should be alarming to Sen. Pat Roberts and Sen. Jerry Moran, considering their involvement with the Farm Bill and rural communities.
Kansas, according to the report, can expect hotter summers (30 to 60 additional days over 100 degrees), an increase in hailstorms and other violent weather events, reduced crop yield, reduced livestock weight gain, depletion of some parts of the Ogallala Aquifer, and accelerated loss of top soil.
This report makes clear that climate change is a risk we cannot safely ignore. I invite our senators, their staff, and Reps. Ron Estes and Roger Marshall to look at this report as well as a solution. A good start would be to quickly reduce CO2, the greenhouse gas most responsible for rising temperatures, by implementing a carbon fee and dividend plan as proposed by Citizens’ Climate Lobby. The plan is simple, fair, revenueneutral, effective and not costly to implement. Waiting to act is not an option; climate change threatens the well-being of rural Kansas.
– Darrel Hart, Wichita