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Americans' well-being over profit

Vice President Dick Cheney once said that if there was a "1 percent chance a terrorist threat was real, we have to treat it as a certainty in terms of our response."

One percent.

Yet today, when the threat to millions of Americans is climate change, our government refuses to treat it as a certainty in terms of our response.

When 97 percent of climate scientists say global warming is real and manmade, this administration refuses to act.

Atmospheric scientist Katherine Hayhoe at Texas Tech recently reported in Theoretical and Applied Climatology that studies by the remaining 3 percent were flawed.

"Every single one of those analyses had an error in their assumptions, methodology or analysis — that when corrected brought their results in line with the scientific consensus."

I'm not an expert, so I listen to those who are. Experts worldwide have stated that although climate change didn't cause Hurricane Irma, it did make it much stronger. Many lives were lost and the damages in the continental United States from the last two hurricanes will be in the $100s of billions.

The current administration pulled us out of the Paris Climate Accord. Syria, Nicaragua, and the U.S. are the only countries not working toward a solution.

Instead of listening to expert climate scientists, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., listens to his corporate donors with huge profits at stake. Many people died and many Americans in the path of the two latest hurricanes were endangered because of the effects of climate change.

We must demand more from elected officials. They must put Americans' safety and well-being ahead of the profits of corporations and wealthy donors. Call Sean Duffy and insist he put Americans before profits of his donors. Tell him to join the 60 other House members who make up the nonpartisan Climate Solutions Caucus.

We're the greatest country in the world; we can solve climate change.

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