Originally appearing in the Baltimore Sun 2/20/2013
Climate change is real. Over the past year, the United States has seen increased numbers of major, deadly storms that are devastating our communities. Last summer we saw major wildfires not only in the west, but also in the plains states. We also experienced a drought that affected 60% of the country and increased the price of some of our most basic food staples. Just last weekend, we saw a snowstorm of historic proportions devastate our neighbors in New England. And communities all along the Atlantic seaboard, including my home state of Maryland, are still recovering from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy, which resulted in dozens of lives lost, millions of homes deprived of electricity, and on which we just spent more than fifty billion dollars in relief.