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Paid Political Letter: Kelly Westland likes fast cars

Ideas and opinions in this letter are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the stance of this paper. The author of this letter has paid for its placement. I was disturbed to receive in the mail a flyer making truly absurd claims attacking Kelly Westlund, who is running for Wisconsin State Senate District 25. Kelly is wisely promoting policies to address the 2022 Annual Threat Assessments of the U.S. Intelligence Community which contains: “We assess that climate change will increasingly exacerbate risks to U.S. national security interests as the physical impacts increase and geopolitical tensions mount about how to respond to the challenge... Geopolitical tensions are likely to grow as countries increasingly argue about how to accelerate the reductions in net greenhouse gas emissions… limiting global temperature rise to 1.5˚C since pre-industrial times. The current trajectory of growing global greenhouse emissions, based on government’s current policies and pledges, would cause the global temperature rise to reach 1.5˚C around 2030, and surpass 2˚C by mid-century.” The flyer claims that her agenda would eliminate gas-powered vehicles. From California’s Governor, “California now has a groundbreaking, world-leading plan to achieve 100 percent zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035.” That is what will eliminate gas-powered vehicles, without a single word from Kelly. Kelly is wisely advising us to prepare for that reality which will also prepare us for less costly, more reliable, and safer vehicles. Faster, too! The flyer claims that this change will cost trillions of dollars. To come up with that number, you would need to avoid the cost of not addressing climate change. Economists have been warning that the longer we wait to address climate change, the harder it will be to afford the bill. Avoiding the transition away from fossil fuels would be like failing to fix a leaking roof on your family’s home. Remember the failed promise Trump made to coal miners: “We’re going to get those miners back to work... The miners of West Virginia and Pennsylvania, which was so great to me last week, Ohio and all over are going to start to work again, believe me. They are going to be proud again to be miners.” Honest politicians knew that that would never happen for various reasons. Kelly is being honest. The flyer is a well-funded attempt to play into people’s fears, a MAGA Republican theme. Vote for Kelly Westlund for Wisconsin State Senate District 25, who recently stepped down from her position as the Northwest Regional Representative for U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a position she held since 2015. Kelly has a degree in Conflict Resolution from Northland College in Ashland, giving her important skills directly relevant for the services that she is offering.
Peter Truitt
Danbury Wisconsin