Addressing climate issues must be high on lawmakers’ to-do list


The editorial “A legislative must-do list”, of June 1, had a flagrant omission: the climate. Our troubled climate is screaming at us, and the noise will escalate in the decades to come if we fail to adequately mitigate this problem.

An insidious heat wave has been relentless in India and Pakistan this spring. Early season wildfires in two of our southwestern states have taken their toll. The first hurricane of the season has already made landfall. It could be a tough year.

A few years ago, New York passed landmark climate legislation calling for serious mitigation action. The Climate Action Council has expanded this measure with concrete plans. Continued climate legislation is needed to ensure a bright future.

Our wonderful state has the potential to be an indispensable climate leader for other states and nations. It’s hard work because the legislative session that just ended had 11,000 bills on its roster. We need to elect representatives who are well aware of the climate crisis and brave enough to pass bills that will allow us to switch to renewable energy, eliminate dangerous subsidies for fossil fuel companies and call for investment divestment. in dirty fossil fuels. We have little choice if we really care about the lives of our descendants.

Sally Courtright

Loudonville

Teresa H. Sadler