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Reader's view: Conservatives block solutions to climate change

It is indisputable that the struggle to address global heating and its devastating consequences must be waged on the home front. And Winona LaDuke was correct in asserting that for the most part useful approaches to the climate crisis probably wi...

It is indisputable that the struggle to address global heating and its devastating consequences must be waged on the home front. And Winona LaDuke was correct in asserting that for the most part useful approaches to the climate crisis probably will not emerge from Washington, D.C. ("LaDuke says fight against climate change starts at home," May 3).

But this simplistic formulation ignores the role our notoriously dysfunctional Congress plays in making it exponentially more difficult for individual, local and regional solutions to develop and flourish.

When Republican representatives and senators demonize science and block even the most eminently sensible legislation for patently political motivations it sets them in opposition to the American people's natural impulse to action and innovation. When conservative media downplays the danger of climate change and instead assert bizarre conspiracy theories it corrupts the national conversation and makes it harder for ordinary citizens to stay well-informed about the grave threat posed by a runaway greenhouse effect.

Warren Senders

West Medford, Mass.

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