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COMMENTARY: Stop supporting dirty polluters

By Stuart Grosenick, Garfield, MN

The burning of fossil fuels is responsible for putting 38 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year, 60 times more than volcanoes.

This is an action, and for every action there is a reaction. The earth's climate is changing, and the poles are warming faster than normal causing more erratic weather changes and dumping melted water from glaciers and ice caps into the oceans causing sea levels to rise.

The weather changes daily, but the one constant is that the ice caps are melting faster than they have in 20,000 years. In fact, carbon dioxide is at its highest level in the last 15 to 20 million years. This is not natural. This is weather on steroids!

The average temp of the earth has been going up since the 1880s, the beginning of the industrial revolution. Eight of the 10 hottest years on record have happened in the last decade. This will continue, causing more and more destructive weather events that will eventually bankrupt the country as we try to repair the damage being done.

What about the pollution that burning fossil fuels causes? That alone should be reason enough to get off the burning binge. We have subsidized fossil fuels for decades. It's time to move into the future. Wind, solar, hydrogen and other alternative sources are the future. What do we have to lose by getting off fossil fuels? We can have all electric vehicles powered by solar panels on your home. Free energy. What's not to like about that? The possibilities are endless. Stop believing liars and deniers.

Our representatives in Congress take millions from the fossil fuel industry. This is the truth; it's all on record. Believe what you want, but 97 percent of the world's scientists say human behavior is the reason for the planet warming.

Is this the world you want to leave to your children and grandchildren? The whole world needs to accept this as real facts. Do you think God will save us from destroying his crown creation? Does anyone remember the great flood of the Bible? This is the greatest threat that the world has ever faced. It could even usher in the apocalypse predicted in the Bible.

What if everything that I've said is true? What will you tell your grandchildren when they ask you why you didn't do something before it was too late? Contact your representatives. Voice your concerns. Stop listening to radio and television talk show hosts that support the fossil fuel industry. What are they afraid of? Why do they support dirty polluters? Our leaders need to stop taking dirty money and believing the lies. Make a difference. Stand up, speak up, make a difference. It's not too late!