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Letter, 12/27: Nebraska must adopt climate action plan

December 28, 2018

We depend on our community newspaper for the news we need to stay informed. Whether it’s world and national events or state and local matters, the Lincoln Journal Star is our community’s trusted source for information that we oftentimes can’t get anywhere else.

For the past five years in particular, the Journal Star editorial board has consistently alerted us to the science of climate change and the peril these changes pose for our state and our way of life. A recent editorial headline, (“Without action, Nebraska will be harmed by climate change,” Dec. 2) said it all.

Just as we depend on our community newspaper for the information we need, we depend on our state government to protect us from harm. Ignoring the dangers and hedging about the risks is a dereliction of the constitutional duty to protect Nebraska citizens.

We need legislative leadership to prepare our state for what’s coming. We need a plan for climate action.

In 2017, Lincoln Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks and 10 other senators introduced a bipartisan bill, LB646, calling for the creation of an “extreme weather preparedness task force and strategic action plan” that went nowhere. Two years of lost opportunity have gone by, and we are more unprepared (and vulnerable) than ever.

Our state senators need to end the dithering and sitting on their hands. They need to adopt a climate action plan in the 2019 legislative session to make sure they’re doing everything they can to protect both people and property.

Brittany Cooper, Lincoln

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