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Letter: Cost of Climate-Change Denial

To the Editor:

The year 2012 marked the hottest year on record, and it looks as though 2013 is going to result in even higher temperatures. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that a rise in serious hurricanes will accompany the rising temperatures in 2014. Extreme weather conditions and changing temperatures are not only impacting the environment but are also costing taxpayers money. Superstorm Sandy, wildfires on the West Coast and a drought in the Midwest cost U.S. taxpayers over $100 billion last year. Yet government officials continue to deny the existence of climate change.

Radley Herold

Lebanon