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Act now to curb climate change

December 11, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

To the editor:

I was pleased to see Chris Morris' piece about climate change and the threat to our winter economy in Friday's Adirondack Daily Enterprise.There is no question that media coverage is sorely needed to address this crucial issue and bring the facts to the people. We have spent so many years talking about whether it's real or not that many scientists and climate experts feel we are well past the tipping point. Only broad and sweeping change, now, will mitigate any further temperature rise. Decreasing our use of fossil fuels is critical.

I found Congressman Owens' comments sadly insufficient to the monumental problem we are facing. Congressman Owens is a supporter of the Keystone pipeline, one of the worst carbon-producing schemes we have ever seen and considered by many to be the nail in the climate coffin. If you want to see what oil companies want to force through the pipeline, do an image search for "Alberta tar sands" It's an ecological nightmare.

We are on the quest for all the low-hanging fruit that is more dangerous, more remote and whose extraction takes more fossil fuel to retrieve. We need to stop talking and get to work. Today. Our governor must say NO to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in New York state, yet another dangerous, health- and water-jeopardizing fossil fuel extraction scheme. I urge our governor to lead NYS toward renewable energy today by saying no to fracking, and I urge Bill Owens to say no to the Keystone pipeline. Enough with all the talk - it's time for action.

Gail Brill

Founding director

Adirondack Green Circle

Saranac Lake



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