What will mobilize climate change action?

08/12/2014 1:08 PM

08/13/2014 8:53 AM

Re "Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop (Business, Aug. 12): After 14 years of drought, 40 million people and 4 million acres of farmland are increasingly threatened. Also, in a recent Bee, Bruce Maiman's column points out how failure to vote for increased property taxes for a fire protection district can result in higher insurance rates or even dropped coverage.

The New York Times contained a story about the long-term threat climate change poses to the mighty Sequoias and the world's most ancient trees: the Bristlecone Pines. The Omaha-World Herald describes how drought is driving the cattle raising business north from Texas to Nebraska and Iowa and raising beef prices.

So which story will energize action to combat climate change? Love of the redwoods, fear of water shortages or the indirect taxes of higher beef prices and higher insurance rates?

-- Harold Ferber, Elk Grove

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