CAMILLA THORNDIKE and DAN GOLDEN – Climate change hurts Oregonâ€™s Willamette Valley. The regionâ€™s economy is heavily dependent on agriculture, viticulture and forestry â€” all of which are climate-dependent. Summers are hotter and drier with rains occurring as storms, rather than the typical drizzle. The snowpack is decreasing. Less water for irrigation, increasing incidence of pests and disease, and growing competition from weeds threatens local agriculture.
CAMILA THORNDIKE and DAN GOLDEN – Climate change hurts Southern Oregon. It hurts local businesses that rely on skiers and snowboarders when Mount Ashland fails to open. It hurts ranchers and farmers with drought and unseasonable heat. It hurts our forests when the fire season starts sooner and ends later each year. But these hardships are tiny compared to the challenges our children and grandchildren face if we fail to act on climate change.
HENRY M. PAULSON JR. – There is a time for weighing evidence and a time for acting. And if thereâ€™s one thing Iâ€™ve learned throughout my work in finance, government and conservation, it is to act before problems become too big to manage. For too many years, we failed to rein in the excesses building up in the nationâ€™s financial markets. When the credit bubble burst in 2008, the damage was devastating. Millions suffered. Many still do. Weâ€™re making the same mistake today with climate change. Weâ€™re staring down a climate bubble that poses enormous risks to both our environment and economy. The warning signs are clear and growing more urgent as the risks go unchecked.
JEAN CHEMNICK – In a speech on Tuesday, June 25, at Georgetown University, President Obama said that rather than waiting for Congress to act on climate change, his administration would move forward in every way it could — curbing emissions, shoring up American infrastructure and heading “a coordinated assault” abroad on global warming.