The Wichita Eagle - - Opinion -

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

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