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Environment Should Be Everyone's Concern

RECEIVED Sat., Feb. 16, 2013

Dear Editor,
    I enjoyed reading "Bill of the Week: Changing the Climate" [Newsdesk blog, Feb. 9] last week and have been thinking about the controversy behind the bill since. Growing up as a military child, I've been exposed to many extremes. In 2006, I made the move from Anchorage, Alaska, to San Antonio, and couldn't believe the difference between the two environments. Of course, the temperature change was a shock, but I soon noticed a dramatic difference in the quality of the land. Alaska is considered "The Last Frontier," something that is heavily protected and admired, so you can imagine my dismay when I stumbled into this cycle of severe droughts, brushfires, and overall devastation. Reading your article, I felt a little confused as to why this is still a debated topic to our political leaders. Whether politicians believe in climate change or not, why is it such an issue to survey local land and improve our nation? With a state as large and valuable as Texas, I would believe an item like this would pass with flying colors. It is a shame that isn't the case, but I'm glad this bill was brought to my attention through the Chronicle. Perhaps with a little more public support, we can get things moving.
Taylor Weese

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