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September 20, 2017

9/12/2017 7:27:00 AM
The lessons of Harvey

To the Editor:

Having had one of the wettest years on record in the Northwoods has inspired more than just sympathy for the tragedy that Hurricane Harvey has caused in the Gulf Coast region, it has given me pause to think about it's relationship to global warming. We know that a number of factors played into making the hurricane one of the most devastating in U.S. history. The above average temperatures of the Gulf waters both provided more moisture and more energy for the storm. The rise in sea levels prevents storm water from draining properly and quickly. Perhaps most significant is the impact of global warming on jet streams and the potential to cause abnormal paths of hurricanes like Sandy and the stalling that we witnessed over Houston. Climate change is a reality and it behooves us to consider the ramifications for future generations who will have to deal with increased volatility and aftermath costs of cleanup. This also leaves me scratching my head when I recently received an email from Sean Duffy suggesting that National Flood Insurance be defunded. From a National Security perspective it would seem that we should be allocating more funds to an agency that deals with the aftermath of such devastating destruction and getting our fellow citizens back on their feet.

Steven Schreier

Rhinelander





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