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Climate change evident in damage

According to the World Meteorological Organization, 2015 was the hottest year on record. With record heat continuing around the world these past several months, the alarming rate of change resulting from greenhouse gas emissions is unprecedented....

According to the World Meteorological Organization, 2015 was the hottest year on record. With record heat continuing around the world these past several months, the alarming rate of change resulting from greenhouse gas emissions is unprecedented. Based on this year's record temperatures, 2016 will continue this alarming trend.

Unfortunately, this past month, we don't have to look any further than the northern Wisconsin counties to see the extreme damage of global warming. I realize that there are some who will say there is no connection, but it is hard to deny two "hundred-year" weather events happening in less than two years.

In the wake of these powerful weather events, damage is still being assessed. It is my understanding that our state will qualify for FEMA aid. That money and aid will not cover the incalculable emotional damage faced by residents of impacted areas. The last estimate I heard quoted was in excess of $38 million for repairs. Local officials have not yet determined where much of this money will come from. Think of the good that money could have done to improve our state.

Our way of life, businesses, jobs have taken a major blow. The ill-conceived large animal farming approvals have exacerbated flood damage as runoff of waste has contaminated wells, rivers and lakes. Our pro-mining stance continues our dependence on fossil fuels, one of the main contributors to climate change.

Whether or not you believe in climate change, we can no longer ignore what is happening. Each vote is your voice. Around these issues, your vote this November will determine the future of our state and planet.

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