We need your help amplifying a crucial point in your local paper.
Recently, an article in your local paper discussed the impacts from Hurricane Harvey—from the lives lost to the record-breaking devastation. Climate change is only increasing the intensity of these storms. And without action, Texans will continue to suffer as the climate crisis grows.
We've prepared a Letter to the Editor to reply to this piece to make sure it gets the attention it deserves. But we need your help to get it published.
Letters to the Editor are crucially important. Even while in D.C., your members of Congress are paying close attention to their local papers—especially when they mention their names and set off their Google alerts.
Sign your name to EDF Action's Letter to the Editor of the Houston Chronicle and amplify the voice of your climate action allies in TX-7!
Letter to the Editor: Let's Face it: Hurricane Harvey's impact was amplified by climate change.
Dear Editor of the Houston Chronicle,
As Seth Borenstein pointed out in his recent article, Hurricane Harvey was the deadliest storm to impact Houston in the past century. However, we need to also talk about how climate change increased the severity of those deadly impacts. Warmer waters, increased evaporation rates, and rising sea levels all contribute to stronger and deadlier storms in the new age of climate change. We cannot discuss the realities of the impacts of these storms without acknowledging their scientific causes.That's why Representative John Culberson must take decisive action to combat rising global temperatures and hazardous pollution in our air. But this can only happen if he stands in support of climate action, rather than against it. For example, the Clean Power Plan -- our only nationwide limits on carbon pollution from power plants -- is currently under attack by the Trump Administration. We need Rep. Culberson to fight back against this repeal effort and protect the people of Texas by supporting this crucial safeguard for our environment, economy, and public health.The EPA has estimated that the Clean Power Plan would annually prevent up to 4,500 premature deaths, 1,700 heart attacks, and 90,000 childhood asthma attacks once it is fully implemented. In addition to protecting our health, the plan would empower lawmakers to work with power companies and implement innovative policies -- such as energy efficiency incentives -- that create jobs and reduce electricity bills for people like you and me. Not to mention, in 2016 alone, wind and solar comprised more than 60% of new utility-scale generating capacity -- clearly indicating that renewable energy will continue to bolster vibrant economies, while fossil fuels will continue to become an obsolete and inefficient power source of the past. If Rep. Culberson wants to keep Texas' economy competitive, communities healthy, and skies free of toxic pollution, he will show bipartisan leadership and fight against efforts to repeal the Clean Power Plan -- and pave the way to a clean energy future that puts the people of Texas first.