Rand Paul is just plain puzzling

To the Editor:

As an undecided Republican primary voter, I’ve been nothing short of puzzled by Rand Paul. But I think he’s puzzled too: In the last year alone, he’s on the record saying that he thinks climate change is real and caused by human activity – but he also says humans haven’t had a “significant” impact. He’s interested in deregulating alternative fuels – but he’s not too interested in cutting carbon pollution.

The issue of climate change is one that’s having severe, and even fatal effects, across the country and right here in our own backyard. In the last month, we’ve seen devastating flooding in Texas and Oklahoma – claiming several lives and leaving behind a wake of destruction. And here in New Hampshire, we’re seeing rising sea levels on the coast and more victims of Lyme disease than ever before. These events are being exacerbated by climate change, and will only become more frequent and severe the longer we wait to address this challenge.

The science is decided and the evidence is clear – so why is Senator Paul so confused?

We need strong, decisive leadership to move forward with solutions to addressing climate change to better protect our communities. But Rand Paul doesn’t offer a decisive plan – just the same political posturing that’s prevented us from getting important work done for decades. We don’t have time to continue the partisan rhetoric around climate change – we need action!

In this race, we are at a crossroads. We can either go backwards by choosing someone who disregards the “significance” of environmental changes happening before our eyes, or we can elect leaders who take science seriously – and who will move our country forward.

Jim Scanlon