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Reader's View: Doing the right things sadly requires regulations

It is unfortunate we need regulations to get people to do the right things, but we do indeed need laws to control global-warming emissions.

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Here are a few facts in response to the May 11 “Statewide View” column in the News Tribune, headlined, “ We need Minnesota to stop importing bad ideas from California.

In 2021, there were 20 major weather and climate disasters in the U.S. These included drought and wildfires as well as floods and extreme storms. Damages from these disasters cost $145 billion. The total cost of the damages over the past five years has been more than $742 billion — or $148 billion per year. These numbers are from NOAA, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and do not even take into account the lives lost in these disasters.

It is unfortunate we need regulations to get people to do the right things, but we do indeed need laws to control global-warming emissions.

The column claimed that regulating these emissions somehow correlates to the closings of small businesses. Should we have passed laws to ensure the survival of mom-and-pop video stores? True entrepreneurs look for new opportunities: for example, selling electric lawn mowers and leaf blowers.

Sue A. Finstick

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Duluth

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