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Our climate has changed, and it is due to CO2. As the Republican climate scientist Dr. Richard Alley likes to say: asking someone if climate change is real is akin to asking if gravity is real.

Scientists express higher confidence about CO2 driving warming than smoking causing cancer. Montana already experiences an average warming of 2-3 degrees since 1950. That warming will accelerate. Climate change isn’t an inconvenience, it’s a threat, which is why the U.S. military listed it as the No. 1 threat to the United States.

If you fancy yourself a Montanan, you might be a hunter, a skier, a rancher or an angler. Rooted in every Montanan's identity lies an affinity for the outdoors; we simply don’t live here for anything else.

Climate change loads the dice against us in Montana: if you fish, hoot owl restrictions will come sooner; if you ski, the snowpack will move higher; and if you ranch, that diminished snowpack will make for drier summers. Current projections put our children at about 10 degrees warming in Montana.

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Call on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to reinstate the Clean Power Plan to start doing something to protect Montana’s way of life.

Cameron Best

Missoula

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