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Reader's view: Climate change isn’t new; neither is call for money

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Climate disruption, as detailed in the Third National Climate Assessment (“Assessment paints stark picture of climate damage,” May 7), started even earlier than we have been led to believe.

For example, on April 3-4, 1974, there were 148 tornados in the United States in less than 24 hours, and more than half of them were classed as “strong”; 30 were in the highest classifications of F4 or F5.

The deadliest hurricane ever in the U.S. was at Galveston, Texas, in September 1900. More than 6,000 people were killed.

The year 1816 was “the year without summer.”

And the list could go on and on.

If we check the Bible and other historical sources we find that “climate disruption” was recorded 4,000 to 6,000 years ago.

Global cooling, global warming, climate change, climate disruption: People who want to tax us to mitigate “climate disruption” will continue to change the name in an attempt to find a term to which the majority will acquiesce.

Most of us who have studied the facts, figures and history understand that climate has been changing, often disruptively, for billions of years.

Dale Seppa

Virginia, Minn.

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