To the Editor:

Our city has an important opportunity to become a leader in the fight for clean air and against the urgent challenge of climate change. City leaders can stake that leadership claim by signing a resolution expressing support for the Environmental Protection Agency using the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon in our atmosphere to no more than 350 parts per million.

The decade from 2000 to 2010 was the warmest on record. Extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and blizzards are striking with increased frequency. Climate change is not an abstract problem for the future or one that will only affect far-away places. Rather climate change is happening now, we are causing it, and the longer we wait to act, the more we lose and the more difficult the problem will be to solve.

For four decades, the Clean Air Act has protected the air we breathe, saved lives and created economic benefits far exceeding its costs. The Clean Air Act is our current best hope to stem the tide of climate change. I strongly urge our city leaders to support the resolution.



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