Letter: Sununu’s extreme climate views

Published: 11/22/2019 12:01:18 AM
Modified: 11/22/2019 12:01:07 AM

Gov. Sununu doesn’t believe in climate change, but my garden does.

This was a weird spring and summer weatherwise. My flowers were confused, blooming at the wrong time or not blooming at all. I had roses until the end of October. Some plants, uncharacteristically, bloomed twice. Yes, the climate is changing right down to our gardens.

Concord’s average temperature has increased by around 3 degrees in the last century. It is causing longer mosquito and tick seasons, exposing us to diseases such as Lyme disease and EEE. An explosion of ticks has decimated the moose population. Spruce trees in the White Mountains are dying. A shorter winter hurts our tourism industry. It’s going to get much, much worse unless we do something.

Scientists around the world and our own N.H. Department of Environmental Services recognize that climate change is caused by humans, and is adversely affecting New Hampshire, but Gov. Sununu doesn’t. Among the many bipartisan bills he vetoed this year were several that would increase support for solar energy, control greenhouse gas emissions, protect wetlands and improve energy efficiency. These were bills supported by both Democrats and Republicans, and by the people of New Hampshire. Our Legislature is trying to do something about climate change, and Gov. Sununu is actively working against them.

Perhaps the large campaign contributions he’s received from fossil fuel energy companies, including Eversource, have affected his views.

Sununu claims he is a moderate, but his climate views are extreme.

JULIA FREEMAN-WOOLPERT

Concord




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