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Climate change is real, Slutzky maybe not

More than a dozen people spent 45 minutes at a recent Harford County Council meeting rebuffing claims made last week by Council President Richard Slutzky that global warming is “bogus.”
More than a dozen people spent 45 minutes at a recent Harford County Council meeting rebuffing claims made last week by Council President Richard Slutzky that global warming is “bogus.” (Erika Butler / Baltimore Sun)

I was deeply concerned by the article, “Harford council president says he’s a human climate change denier” (Feb. 15). Council President Richard C. Slutzky made several conclusions that contradict what I have learned from my climate change policy course at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

President Slutzky contended that many scientists have stated that climate change “is part of a naturally occurring cycle of changes … not caused by human activity.” As a student, I am in no position to argue with scientists — but which handful of scientists was he referring to? A full 97 percent of scientists agree that global warming is caused by human activities. Mr. Slutzky’s opinions regarding international climate change policy seem to be filled with more gut feelings and unanswered opinions than facts.

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I’m thankful for the many other Maryland legislators who agree that climate change is a problem we need to address. In Harford County, Del. Mary Ann Lisanti, for one, is showing leadership on climate action by supporting the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act. This bill is also supported by more than 100 other Maryland legislators. The Clean Energy Jobs Act would double renewable energy in the state, bringing us closer to a clean energy economy that doesn’t rely on planet-warming fossil fuels. On top of that, it would invest millions of dollars in workforce development and bring thousands of new jobs to Maryland which brings hope to students like me.

Colin Hrenko, Germantown

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