Extreme weather events, like our recent heat wave mentioned in your July 4 editorial "Climate-change symptoms," are on the rise. Scientists warn that global warming will bring even more extreme weather in the future.
Power plants are the largest single source of carbon pollution that fuels global warming. But for too long, power plants haven't had any federal limits on how much carbon pollution they could spew into our air.
President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency are working to fix this. They've proposed the first carbon pollution standards for new power plants.
Americans have spoken out in support of the proposed standards. The EPA should finish the job on these standards and develop standards for existing power plants. Our safety and our environment depend on it.
Editor's note: The writer is a field organizer for Environment Ohio.
Who speaks for Earth?
One more caricature needs to be added to your June 18 editorial cartoon about "calamitous environmental change." Missing is the ardent recycler who repeatedly contacts his representatives in Washington with environmental concerns, saying: When are you going to take charge of preventing climate change caused by humans?
Where will we -- or our grandchildren -- live after we have over-drilled and decimated Earth? Shouldn't that question be asked of political leaders who are vying for the right to lead the American people? Shouldn't it be item number one on their agenda?
We need, and will continue to need, a viable planet to call home.
Oak Harbor, Ohio
Gas rise seems to go unnoticed
I am amazed that the cost of gasoline has gone up again. Just last week, it was under $3 a gallon locally. Now it is almost $3.60 a gallon. This is a travesty.
Even more unbelievable, this continues with not one official, elected or prospective, saying a thing about it. The economy is still not good, especially here in Toledo. Besides shelter and food, probably the next most expensive and greatest concern is transportation.
I am disappointed that President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney seem to ignore this.
A beautiful dream: No spending on war
What if leaders throughout the world abolished spending on war products and machines built for killing and destruction? The savings would support the world's poor, hungry, and homeless.
There would be money to develop clean energy and make it available worldwide, putting millions of people to work.
The money would support space research, make clean water available to everyone, and support efforts to recycle garbage and waste.
Excuse me. I must be dreaming.
Larry Parker, Sr.