Reality of climate woes hits home

Thanks to Eric Lindquist for his front-page story recently on climate change in the Leader-Telegram.

This critical issue — and the effects we are already experiencing — does not get the attention it deserves. The recently published Fourth National Climate Assessment notes that the Midwest can expect climate change to affect many things we hold dear: agriculture, fishing, hunting, birds and other wildlife, our forests, our Great Lakes — and human health.

Fortunately, many in our local and national governments are ready to act.

The Eau Claire City Council held a public hearing on a resolution urging Congress to put a price on carbon emissions, returning the fees collected back to the citizens. No one there knew that the very next morning, in Washington, D.C., a bipartisan group of five members of the House of Representatives would introduce the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 7173) — exactly the kind of legislation under consideration by the council. Later that afternoon, the council passed the resolution, joining (at the time of this writing) over 115 municipalities from across the country.

This significant climate change bill will place a price on carbon emissions, returning the fees collected to citizens. This policy will reduce emissions by 40 percent within 12 years, create 2.1 million jobs in 10 years, improve health and save lives by reducing pollution, and put money in Americans’ pockets for them to spend as they see fit. Republicans and Democrats are both on board, co-sponsoring this bill together.

Let’s thank the Eau Claire City Council for its leadership.

Let’s ask Rep. Ron Kind or Rep. Sean Duffy — if he represents you — to support HR 7173. And let’s thank Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who on the same day Lindquist’s article appeared joined 24 Senate colleagues, backing the National Climate Assessment and calling for bold action on the climate.

Barbara Le Duc

Fall Creek

Regis football impressive last season

Your paper did a great job on the top 10 local sports stories of 2018. (But) I think that you could have mentioned the year that the Regis football team had.

I have seen more football games than most people have. I ran the clock for Chi-Hi and McDonell for 41 years. I had never seen a team have a running clock in 10 of 12 games.

All teams Regis played loved playing them, as they had their first team playing against Regis’ second and third teams most of the second half.

Next year you will not hear one word of coach Bryant Brenner crying about all the losses of some great players. Regis will be very good next year, so beware.

Lawrence Nicolai

Chippewa Falls