Letter to the editor:
With headline-grabbing issues such as Ebola in the news recently, it is easy to overlook the looming concerns of climate change. In 2013, Columbus experienced a harsh winter, with storm-related damages totaling up to $124.4 million and about $833 million in the Midwest region. Now, the 2014 winter is forecasted to be colder than normal, and climate change might be to blame.
These extreme weather events have been linked with carbon pollution. Companies must currently follow limits on emitting chemicals such as arsenic, lead and mercury. There are no limits, however, on carbon emissions. This is puzzling, as carbon pollution can lead to severe weather, health problems such as asthma and decreased agricultural yields that can cause higher food costs.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is attempting to solve these problems with the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan, if successful, would cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels. The benefits, while great, could be even more significant with higher standards. If you would like to see even more positive change, support the higher standards.
Third-year in environmental policy