Taylor P. California

Climate Control & The Effect on America

Research is showing scary signs that could directly affect America, and its citizens. Should we be prepared, or trying to stop it?

Dear Future President,

Climate change is a problem that is quickly getting out of hand in America and in the world. Ranging from extreme droughts on one side of the country to almost a foot and a half of floodwater in the other. In sight of recent events, a dangerous trend showing. In wetter states, like those along the east coast, the odds of flooding is massively increasing; Heidi Cullen, the chief scientist at Climate Central, says that the frequency could increase by 100%. So how could this statistic be reduced? Well, that’s why I’m writing this letter, because it’s a problem that can’t be fixed with one voice.

If nothing is done about this, what will it cost America? So far natural disasters already cost a fortune to repair, so what if it happened more often? The cost would stack, and stack, and then some. Which already leaves the American public to suffer. The most recent flooding had damages that cost around 9 billion dollars. Which included both casualties and damage. A New York Times article highlighted the effect from the recent floods in Louisiana, with about 55,000 homes and 6,000 businesses being damaged. What more needs to happen to kick help into action?

Maybe a wellness plan for those affected, or with risk of being affected could help out the people of America. Even FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is aware of the dangers and has set out warnings that even more damage is on it way. Can this problem be fixed? Or will we just just acknowledge the fact that this is going to happen more often now? Personally I feel like there needs to be some support for the people that can't afford a protection plan, and for those that are affected. Although I also feel like as a country we need to do something about this, even if it means everyone has to do something small.


Taylor P.

Newbury Park High School

Lilly - English 12CP

English 12CP class, led by Robin Lilly, Room B21 at Newbury Park High School. Panthers Rock!

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