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Letter: Spring storms show climate change legislation needed for SD

I worry that more tragedies like these storms will occur in the future, especially if we do nothing to change our habits and help heal our heating planet.

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To the Editor:

This summer, the Mitchell Republic reported numerous times on the extreme damage that resulted from the derechos and severe weather events in our region. These severe weather patterns occurred earlier and more frequently than our region had seen before and resulted in over $1 billion in damages — comparable with extreme disasters like hurricanes on our nation’s coasts.

This concerning series of events results from climate change and the consequences of global warming; I worry that more tragedies like these storms will occur in the future, especially if we do nothing to change our habits and help heal our heating planet.

With the effects of climate change causing our region and our people damages and expenses, I hope to call on our South Dakota Congress members to focus on bipartisan and climate-favored legislation.

South Dakota competes on the national level in food production and economic prosperity, but let us not forget that sustaining the health of our soil, waters, and climate is the only way to ensure our prosperity continues for generations to come.

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Kayle Lauck

Formerly of Salem

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