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The new normal?

August 11, 2018

I am a native Oregonian; my dad worked in a sawmill in southern Oregon.

When there were fires in the late fall, the mill would shut down while the employees fought the fires.

I also witnessed the big flood of ’64, when there were houses and refrigerators floating down the major rivers in Oregon.

There were days in August that reached triple digit temperatures for days at a time and a late fall drought that saw irrigation reduced for farmers and orchards through September.

But, each year sets records for heat; droughts and water restrictions are starting earlier each year, along with more frequent and severe forest fires. Things have changed — and not in a good way.

Folks are taking vacation trips to escape the smoke and intense heat, but that’s getting more difficult, because our neighboring states are experiencing the same things.

I believe in science, in particular the science of global warming, which shows that temperatures have been increasing, along with more severe storms and floods, northern migrations of insects and invasive plants and a negative effect on our precious supplies of tillable soil, food crops and safe, clean drinking water.

If nothing is done to reduce our carbon output, all of these effects will threaten the future of the children and grandchildren of our nation, and other nations as well, which could threaten our very survival.

Things you can do:

Elect people to political office that believe government action should be based on science.Support the young people that are suing the government in federal court in October for its refusal to take action that could limit global warming.Support the Clean Energy Jobs Bill in the coming Oregon legislation.

Michael Fisher

Roseburg

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