Time for federal action on climate change

Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken deserve credit for stepping forward to form Senate Climate Action Task Force to tackle this critical challenge for our health.  Next week, President Obama will address the nation during the State of the Union address, and I will be listening for details of his plan to act on climate change.

If the State of our Union is to stay strong, we need to confront climate change. I want my children to have the same opportunities to enjoy the outdoors that I’ve had, but climate change threatens our great outdoor heritage. We have a moral obligation to face up to the climate challenge and not leave it for them to face growing superstorms, deepening droughts, and intensifying wildfires.

By gradually cutting carbon pollution, ramping up clean energy, and investing in climate-smart conservation strategies, President Obama’s climate action plan puts us on the path to a sustainable future. I hope President Obama also weighs in on the other side of the carbon coin – helping our military and coastal communities adapt to the changes we’re already seeing. We’ll need a coordinated effort from the federal, state and local governments to make that happen.

While big polluters are spending millions on an all-out lobbying blitz to try to kill these new protections, Americans strongly support climate action. The Environmental Protection Agency has already received more than 3.2 million messages from Americans urging tough limits on carbon pollution.

We have the solutions to secure our climate and safeguard our wildlife for future generations.

Dawn Erlandson
East Isles