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Forum: Arctic conditions in U.S. show climate change is here

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Sometimes it seems like certain politicians won’t support climate action until hell – or Texas – freezes over. Well, after last month, the climate threat is as clear as can be, and it’s time for Congress to act.

On Feb. 13, a winter storm began sweeping across the U.S. Within days, the frigid conditions and ensuing infrastructure challenges led to dozens of deaths, massive power outages and millions without clean water. Texas came within minutes of catastrophic failures that would have caused months-long blackouts.

Meanwhile, here in Bath, a group of about 45 people invited by The Neighborhood, a local church, have been meeting online to learn more about climate solutions. Guest speakers are presenting on heat pumps, energy efficiency incentives, solar options, what a computer simulation tool can teach us about best climate policies and how to make our communities more resilient in the face of a rapidly warming world.

What’s the connection to Texas? Climate change is coming home to roost in both places.

Texans knew it by looking out the window. Concerned Bath citizens know it from the many changes we see here in our own state. Climate scientist Jennifer Francis told reporters recently that “(T)he large, persistent, southward dip […]

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