Letter: Green New Deal needed for climate 

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Editor,

I’m a senior, age 71. I probably won’t be around when the worst effects of climate change take effect but my children and especially my three grandchildren will be. However, climate change is happening here and now – and for them, I’m terrified.

The latest climate report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN) says we have approximately 12 years to transform our economy to preserve the stable climate human civilization has depended on for millennia. As a retired scientist myself, this is not some BS dreamed up by wild-eyed liberals and elitists. We need a massive mobilization of every sector of society on par with what science and justice demand.

A Green New Deal will keep Americans safe from climate change and create millions of green jobs. Indiana is already a leader in green job creation in the Midwest. We can take our expertise and ingenuity and put it to great work for the planet. Other nations, including China and India, are rapidly moving in this direction.  We must, too.

The Green New Deal is a common-sense policy that is already popular with the American people, regardless of political party.

Steve Simon, Ph.D., Westfield

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