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Jeanne Johnson, Alexandria, Minn., Published January 15 2013

Letter: We must consider moral element in climate change

Thanks very much for the excellent summation of 2012’s weather (Jan. 9). It’s extremely important for your readers to know the real picture about the weather and its long-term manifestation – climate disruption.

While 2013 may not be quite as hot – weather does vary – as you pointed out, the long-term trend is what ordinary people have to know. With this knowledge, they can then act responsibly to let their elected officials know that the United States must lead the way to a new world energy policy.

The article states that the temperature “last year was 3.2 degrees higher than the average for the entire 20th century.” Then, the cause: “Global warming is caused by the burning of fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas” – which vomits CO2 into the atmosphere. It’s real, it’s scary and we’re doing it!

A thinking person cannot escape the moral implications. People of all faiths must ask whether they are willing to condemn millions of blameless people all over the world to death by droughts, floods, illness, extreme weather and war.

The solutions are not that difficult. We can reduce our use of fossil fuels while avoiding economic peril. Useful resources are the Citizens Climate Lobby and the Rocky Mountain Institute – available to all who have access to the Internet.