In Flood-Hit Midwest U.S., Mayors See Climate Change As A Subject Best Avoided

In places like Davenport, where floods are a troubling reality and not an abstract concept, debating water vapor levels can seem impertinent, even if most people accept the clear scientific consensus that climate change is happening. “We know there’s something going on, so how do we come together and deal with that?” observed Mayor Frank Klipsch of Davenport , a two-term mayor who said taking a stance on climate change could be “divisive.” “Let’s not try to label it. Let’s not try to politicize it. It’s just a matter of something is changing.”

By Mitch Smith and John Schwartz. New York Times. May 15, 2019.

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