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The cost of doing nothing on energy

November 17, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

On Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, Our Savior's Lutheran Church hosted a presentation by Will Steger adn others on climate change. Photographs of the melting Arctic ice and the melting of the Greenland glacier were shown, demonstrating rapid changes over the last ten years. Other presenters told how with improved efficiencies we could reduce our energy use by 50 percent. Bishop Jon Anderson spoke of the responsibility of humans to be good stewards of the earth.

John M. Broder, in the New York Times, Nov. 9, 2012, detailed the concerns of the U.S. military over climate changes, which will create more frequent, but unpredictable, crises in water supplies, food markets, energy supply chains, and public health systems.

Property insurance companies are experiencing increased claims as a result of more severe storms in the U.S.

The cost of doing nothing and continuing to burn fossil fuels will far exceed the cost of moving to a renewable energy future, at the same time preserving the planet for current and future generations.

John W. Kluge, MD

Mary Kluge

New Ulm

 
 

 

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