Letter-writer Gary Manson questions the threat posed by global warming. However, in its report "Catastrophe Modeling and Climate Change," Lloyd's of London states that the 8 inches of sea-level rise off the tip of Manhattan increased Superstorm Sandy’s surge losses by 30 percent, and that "Further increases in sea level in this region may non-linearly increase the loss potential from similar storms.”

This document also asserts that there is conclusive evidence that climate change is human-caused.

Moreover, in its 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, the U.S. Department of Defense warns: “As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea levels are rising, average global temperatures are increasing, and severe weather patterns are accelerating. These changes, coupled with other global dynamics, …will devastate homes, land and infrastructure.”

The U.S. military has expressed concern about climate change since the George W. Bush administration, and dozens of defense department documents on this issue can be accessed at climateandsecurity.org.

It's important to look to independent organizations like the insurance industry and the military when evaluating the threat posed by climate change. Because they depend on scientific evidence to assess risk, they are less amenable to politicized science.

Our common values like national security and concern for our children’s future should unify Americans on this issue. It just doesn’t make sense to make the permanent changes to the Earth’s physics and chemistry we are making without looking at this closely together, across political divides, with open eyes and open hearts.

I’m encouraged that the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives. Let’s urge our members of Congress to work together and find a path to slow climate change.

Terry Hansen

Hales Corners, Wisconsin

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Alan Moon

Everything is about politics and money. those two things go hand in hand. The recent paper in journal Nature concerning the warming of the oceans has been demonstrated to be very inaccurate. But that won't stop the climate crusaders from scaring the heck out of gullible people.


Similar claims of panic about a wall...


No,that’s Dump Trump’s job and all his motley followers.
Climate change is real and is happening. Believe it or not, your choice. Naturally happens, true. But, mankind has made is worse and made it happen faster.


Who says the Nature article is flawed? Trump? Steve Earle? Don Ewing? LOL. So please give us the URL to the Nature artile

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