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August 19, 2009

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Durbin supports cap and trade

Editor’s note: E.J. Pagel, a resident of Winnebago, Ill., received this letter from Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), which he decided to share with us.

Dear Mr. Pagel:

Thank you for contacting me to express your views regarding the creation of a national
cap-and-trade

program to address global warming. I appreciate hearing from you. As a part of the Fiscal Year 2010 budget, President Obama laid out his proposal for the creation of a market-based cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global warming. Specifically, President Obama’s proposal would cap greenhouse gas emissions at 14 percent below the 2005 levels by 2020, with a goal of reducing emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by the year 2050. By tackling the sources of climate change and taking steps now to reduce the impacts of global warming, we can protect our environmental future while expanding our economy. If we choose to ignore global warming and its consequences, we are placing our planet and our future in grave danger and could face large-scale environmental and economic dislocations that threaten our national security. Although some see it differently, mainstream scientists have accumulated overwhelming evidence that the global warming problem is real and that we can’t afford to wait any longer to act. Most scientists believe that increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases will raise the earth’s temperature by as much as 3 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century. This temperature change could produce catastrophic changes in our climate. I am confident that our nation has the ingenuity and technical savvy to achieve meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. A market-based cap-and-trade system can set the ground rules for private competition, to help us achieve the necessary goals as inexpensively as possible. At the same time, we must provide industries with sufficient time to prepare for new standards and ensure that consumers are not subject to sudden cost increases. Your voice is a valuable part of this discussion. I will keep your concerns in mind as the Senate considers legislation on this matter.

Thank you again for your message. Please feel free to stay in touch.

Sincerely,

Richard J. Durbin

United States Senator

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Against all odds

Sonya Sotomayor is about to become a Supreme Court Justice.

Once again, in its drive to define the news, the media misses the message.

The lesson is not the added political edge this gives Obama with the Latino vote. It’s not what “Wise Latina” really meant. It’s not about another woman on the Court. It’s not about how this makes the Court more diverse.

It’s about how in America, a poor girl from a multi-racial housing project overcame limiting cirumstances many experience. It’s about her arrival at this highly-respected position in our society against all odds, a position she earned with her perseverance, her temperament, her judgment, and her job performance.

It’s another “only in America” story of an individual maximizing the opportunity we have.

God bless America.

Michael Cannariato

Rockford

From the Aug. 19-25, 2009 issue

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