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ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE : COUNTRIES: UNITED STATES: RED STATES: Red State Rural America Is Acting on Climate Change Without Calling It Climate Change

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ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE :

COUNTRIES: UNITED STATES: RED STATES:

Red State Rural America Is Acting on Climate Change
Without Calling It Climate Change

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Red State Rural America Is Acting on Climate Change
Without Calling It Climate Change

By Rebecca J. Romsdahl,

University of North Dakota

DESMOG
CLEARING THE PR POLLUTION THAT CLOUDS CLIMATE SCIENCE

By Guest  Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 04:58

https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/03/04/ 
red-state-rural-america-acting-without-calling-climate-change

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/j36ldbe

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President Donald Trump has the environmental community understandably
concerned. He and members of his Cabinet have questioned the established
science of climate change, and his choice to head the Environmental
Protection Agency, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has sued
the EPA many times and regularly sided with the fossil fuel industry.

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Even if the Trump administration withdraws from all international climate
negotiations and reduces the EPA to bare bones, the effects of climate
change are happening and will continue to build.

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In response to real threats and public demand, cities across the United
States and around the world are taking action to address climate change.
We might think this is happening only in large, coastal cities that are
threatened by sea-level rise or hurricanes, like Amsterdam or New York.

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Research shows, however, that even in the fly-over red states of the U.S.
Great Plains, local leaders in small- to medium-size communities are
already grappling with the issue. Although their actions are not always
couched in terms of addressing climate change, their strategies can
provide insights into how to make progress on climate policy under a Trump
administration.

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Deliberate Framing

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My colleagues and I did a survey of over 200 local governments in 11
states of the Great Plains region to learn about steps theyre taking to
mitigate the effects of climate change and to adapt to them. We found
local officials in red states responsible for public health, soil
conservation, parks and natural resources management, as well as county
commissioners and mayors, are concerned about climate change, and many
feel a responsibility to take action in the absence of national policy.

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But because it is such a complex and polarizing topic, they often face
public uncertainty or outrage toward the issue. So while these local
officials have been addressing climate change in their communities over
the past decade, many of these policy activities are specifically not
framed that way. As one respondent to our survey said:

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It is my personal and professional opinion that the conservation community
is on track with addressing the issue of climate change but is way off
track in assigning a cause. The public understands the value of clean
water and clean air. If the need to improve our water quality and air
quality was emphasized, most would agree. Who is going to say dirty water
and dirty air is not a problem? By making the argument climate change and
humans are the cause significant energy is wasted trying to prove this. It
is also something the public has a hard time sinking their teeth into.

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In order to address the vulnerabilities facing their communities, many
local officials are reframing climate change to fit within existing
priorities and budget items.



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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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