On Tuesday, the Frederick County Council will consider a climate emergency resolution spearheaded by Councilwoman Jessica Fitzwater (D) and Councilman Kai Hagen (D). The topic seems to generate modest news coverage in our neck of the woods, but residents and local farmers should be concerned. The changing climate is already affecting our area, as evidenced by record flooding, heat waves, tornadoes and violent thunderstorms.

The emergency resolution is a good first step in developing a common-sense approach. It includes a comprehensive plan with emission targets and establishes an ad hoc work group to further study how we can mitigate the effects of what is already happening in our area and around the planet. Climate change will affect our food supply, housing, livestock and public health. Let’s stop debating climate change as anything but established fact and immediately address what will be a crisis for every Maryland resident.

Amy Simmons Farber

Middletown

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MD1756

Seems like climate deniers are coming out of the melting glaciers to comment here. The human population growth is one of the biggest factors so the first step is to eliminate policies that promote having children and even taxa them for having too many. The second step could be to require individuals to reduce their environmental impact before adding to it by having children.

Jackrabb1t

Sounds like a repackaged Malthusian fallacy to me. You do realize that in the first world the average number of children per family is already quite low? So just how, exactly, do you propose to enforce your brilliant plans on the developing world?

Jackrabb1t

There is very little common sense out there when it comes to climate change issues. Here are some facts:

- Planet Earth has demonstrably experienced several periods of rapid glaciation ("ice ages") in the past. We are not in such a climate NOW, so yes, we can all agree that the climate DOES change and that it is certainly changing now.

- Ice ages were not caused by human activity, and it is unlikely that human activity is the primary driver of climate change today.

- We don't really know what we're talking about when it comes to climate change and its effects. In the year 2000, when the whole climate change agenda began to take off, we had mass data on only about 80 out of over 10,000 glaciers in the world.

- First world efforts to cut emissions won't make a difference. Remember how our illustrious President Obama "negotiated" with China back in the day? We (USA) would cut greenhouse gas emissions by a certain percentage, and in exchange the Chinese would... well actually, the Chinese never really agreed to any restrictions on their own activities. The bottom line is that the developing world is going to keep developing, and they are not going to cut down on their emissions.

I have yet to see a climate action plan that addresses these (and many other) realities.

Aslan19

This effort is akin to the ants planning on how to get more humans to drop food when they go to a picnic — monumental waste of time, energy, and resources.

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