Letter: Reason to hope
In 2013, extreme weather events like Typhoon Hayain were a reminder that global warming is happening now. But thanks to people who took action across the country, it was also a year full of progress in the effort to cut the carbon pollution that’s fueling the climate crisis.
From state-level action, such as New Hampshire’s reauthorization of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to the president’s climate plan at the federal level, there was much to celebrate. And for the first time in history, America’s economy is growing while emissions are shrinking. But we’ve still got the biggest challenges ahead of us – including ballooning opposition from dirty energy industries that will stop at nothing to block common-sense health and environmental safeguards. President Obama’s plan to limit carbon pollution from power plants will test the resolve of our leaders. Will our elected leaders push for the strongest possible limits? Only time will tell, but if next year is anything like the last, we’ve got reason to hope.
(The writer is an organizer for Environment New Hampshire.)