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Climate changes threaten Adirondacks

I love the Adirondacks. I cherish my time here – from childhood with family and friends, through school years, then including my wife and children. This year our three grandchildren are coming to appreciate the Adirondacks as well.

There are many threats to the Adirondacks. I help confront one of these by leading efforts to control Japanese knotweed with the Regional Inlet Invasive Plant Program (RIIPP), www.noknotweed.org.

Climate change is a greater threat to the Adirondacks. What can I, what can we, do for this seemingly unstoppable threat? We need a Congress and president who will actually promote clean energy and dramatically reduce carbon emissions.

We need to elect candidates like Mike Derrick to Congress, who place a high priority on confronting climate change, improving the environment and investing in infrastructure. Derrick knows the Adirondacks, including having canoed near our cabin on Seventh Lake on a trip from Old Forge to Tupper Lake.

The incumbent Congresswoman Elise Stefanik provides lip service to the environment, having introduced a resolution acknowledging climate change and introduced legislation for a postal stamp with proceeds to combat invasive species. She must hope this will distract people from her near perfect anti-environmental voting record.

She has an abysmal 9 percent score by the League of Conservation Voters, reflecting her votes against measures that would improve the environment or address climate change. This is no surprise, given her coziness with the fossil fuel industry, which is among her biggest donors.

The Adirondacks is a great place for family – from my 1-year-old grandson to 93-year-old mother – to enjoy each other in a wonderful setting. I want the unique nature of the Adirondacks to be here for my grandchildren and for their children as well. For this to have a chance, we need to elect Democrats like Derrick to Congress.

DOUGLAS JOHNSON

Inlet