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Heidi Hall a refreshing alternative

I can give both Heidi Hall and her opponent credit for their up front honesty, but LaMalfa’s position on climate change (among others) leaves me baffled.

In Nevada City’s debate, he first stated that human activities had nothing to do with any climate change. He later qualified it to say, “Maybe just a little bit.” In attempting to minimize human contributions to CO2 releases, he stated that a single volcanic eruption spewed more CO2 than 10 years worth of L.A.’s auto emissions.

I’d heard variations of this ‘volcano’ argument before, often stated that volcanoes emit more CO2 than human activities, but I had not looked it up. The U.S. Geological Survey’s answer to either assertion is a resounding “false!” The U.S. Geological Survey’s web page (http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hazards/gas/climate.php) states that 2010 human CO2 emissions totaled approximately 35 gigatons. Normally about 70 volcanoes are active each year, releasing 0.13 to 0.44 gigatons. Those figures put human releases at 80 to 270 times greater!

We rely on our elected representatives to make important, informed decisions, not stick their heads in the sand. Please vote for Heidi Hall for our 1st District Representative. She is a refreshing alternative.

Richard Thomas

Nevada City

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