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posted: 5/25/2013 5:00 AM

Aggressive climate programs needed

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Is a one-way ticket to Mars the best answer we have for our grandchildren?

Hopefully, the answer to that question is "no," and we are finally ready to take the steps necessary to reduce climate change and the impacts of climate change we've seen in the past few years -- ever more severe storms, extended droughts, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen. The science behind climate change is clear.

We must reduce the levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere by mandating limits on carbon emissions and enacting aggressive domestic programs to accelerate the investment in the development of clean energy techniques.

We owe that to our grandchildren. We owe that to our planet.

Marcia Stanton


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