Many of you probably received the newsletter from Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in the mail in the last week or so.
I was completely flabbergasted when I saw a section highlighting Dana’s work in “defending the planet,” mainly because Mr. Rohrabacher is not known to be a strong defender of the planet and has a lifetime 10/100 score from League of Conservation Voters. But as I began to read more carefully, I noticed this had nothing to do with environmental protection, but rather protecting the planet from “asteroids and comets!” It absolutely blows me away that our representative in Congress believes that asteroids are a greater threat to our planet than climate change.
While Rohrabacher continues to be a climate denier, the rest of us are experiencing real time the impacts of a warming planet—record-breaking temperatures, devastating fires and drought are just some of the impacts felt in the last few weeks alone. Sure, an asteroid hitting earth would be unfortunate—the last major meteorite to hit earth in 2013 led to the death of 1,400 people—but the World Health Organization estimates that an additional 250,000 people per year will die from impacts of climate change between 2030 and 2050. About 70,000 people died in Europe in 2003 during a summer of heat waves. The economic impact alone will be off the charts (Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused $200 billion in damage).
This focus on defending our planet from asteroids is just another example of how Dana Rohrabacher is out of touch with the real needs and issues impacting this district and is unfit to represent us. Time to vote him out in November!
Sara Lowell, Laguna Beach