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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | FEBRUARY 14, 2013 5:00 AM

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President’s Day of Civil Climate Action to Remember

In 2012, we witnessed record arctic ice melt, record heat, and record storms.

This President’s Day weekend, I will journey to the White House and stand with tens of thousands of Americans, and millions more in spirit, at the Forward on Climate rally to deliver a timely message to the president. Public health, our promising green-collar economy, and our sick planet cannot afford to stand still with our backs to the carbon-pollution cliff.  We must move forward on climate.

Not all Iowans can join this rally, but many will gather at Congressional offices across our state on Friday to remind our members of Congress of the urgency that the physics of climate change demands and to encourage political climate action. For a complete list of events, visit IowaClimateAdvocates.org.

I will stand with others outside of Rep. Dave Loebsack’s Iowa City office at 1:30 p.m. to ask for five stronger efforts. Making permanent the renewable energy tax credit, reducing fossil-fuel subsidies, and enacting fee and dividend carbon accounting would be promising steps forward.

Furthermore, the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Project and Arctic Ocean oil drilling must be re-evaluated for their true costs and benefits, as we grow out from under the tyranny of oil.

Congressional action in these areas will benefit many aspects of society.  Our health, ecosystems, and generational well-being are directly at stake.

Join the Forward on Climate rally social-media wave from home at tinyurl.com/ClimateThunderClap.

Zach Carter
University of Iowa senior in mechanical engineering

RE: ‘Iowa Deptartment of Education seeks details on Iowa City diversity policy’

Please put pressure on the district to publically release the information requested by the state.

As for a busing solution? Social planners could really get behind a rich kid to poor kid forced busing exchange program for data obfuscation purposes.

Billy Zelsnack

RE: ‘Local groups voice concern over border enforcement’

I would not trust any survey from the Center for Immigration Studies about immigration. It’s a nativist organization founded by John Tanton. Look him up.

Juan Pablo Hourcade Trillo


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