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Letter to the Editor: Hurricanes, wildfires more evidence of climate change

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Who is going to pay for all the damages from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma? The answer is all of us.

How will we pay for it? Higher insurance rates, higher costs for building materials, higher labor costs, higher road taxes, higher gas prices, higher food prices, higher costs for almost everything.

We can thank the politicians and pundits who don’t believe in climate change for not participating in the Paris Climate Accord, including Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt, the climate deniers in chief and all those like-minded politicians before them. We can also thank all the closed minds who write letters to the newspaper saying it’s just the weather or air conditioning and ignore the evidence of climate scientists.

We can look forward to more hurricanes, more fires like the current record-breaking one in Washington, Oregon and Montana. More drought, more fires, more hurricanes, thanks to all the politicians and pundits who did nothing about climate change.

And what does the fossil fuel industry want now? Another fossil fuel pipeline going through North Carolina called the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

Some people think it will bring jobs to the eastern part of the state, but there is no guarantee. There is a chance the pipeline will be built and there will be no jobs created, but there will be great danger to our drinking water if it ever leaks. The smarter industries we should attract to this area are the ones using alternative energy, not dirty fossil fuels.

This preference for dirty fossil fuels among our politicians is really restraint of trade to cleaner energy companies. We should not be adding more dirty fossil fuels to our energy mix in these days when the evidence of climate change in the form of destructive hurricanes and wildfires are occurring with greater frequency and magnitude.

JUDITH MESKO

Rocky Mount

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