Somehow, we in Wyoming, due to our economic dependence upon the fossil fuel industry, feel compelled to totally dismiss the 97 percent of scientists who say that global climate change exists -- and that it is human caused. (Going back prior to the industrial revolution, there were not the climactic changes that we see now -- with exceptions for volcanic activity, etc.). There is evidence daily -- two major hurricanes that disrupted the Gulf Coast, plus three more that missed us. Wildfires in the Western states continue to get worse every year due to the drought, which brings health problems to all of us who inhale the smoky air. There is extreme variability between heat waves and cold spells (yes, climate change isn't just heat -- though the trend line is always that the Earth has increased in average temperature).

What to do? First I would suggest that everyone check out Citizen's Climate Lobby (https://citizensclimatelobby.org), of which I am a member. You will learn about their solution, one of which is the carbon fee and dividend. We have briefed Sens. Enzi and Barrasso and Rep. Cheney; however it seems that our sessions with them have fallen on deaf ears. Their biggest campaign donors are the fossil fuel industry lobbyists, and money talks! More people need to call, email or write to them with their concerns.

We also need to diversify the Wyoming economy. For at least 23 years, we have been talking about this (as long as I've lived here), but nothing seems to be done on it. Tourism needs to be strengthened (our second biggest industry), but it will be threatened if we don't address climate change.

If the root of a problem isn't addressed, we will continue to have the same problems. I maintain that the root of our problems today have to do with climate change and overpopulation.



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