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• Seven in 10 voters (69 percent) are greatly or somewhat worried aboutthe growing cost and risks of extreme weather disasters fueled by climatechange 198We are not helpless victims on the receiving end of a suddenly angrier climate.These recent weather events are a call to action and preparation. The increasein extreme weather reflects scientists’ warnings over the past two decades thatwe must reduce the carbon dioxide and other pollution responsible for climatechange, or else we will suffer the consequences. It seems, however, that scientists’admonitions became reality more quickly than they predicted. For those reasons,climate preparedness—the need to manage the risks associated with a changingclimate—is equally essential.President Obama and the 113th Congress must take steps to protect middle- andlower-income households from the economic harms wrought by extreme weatherevents linked to climate change. They must also take action to dramatically reducethe American production of carbon pollution that leads to climate change andthese extreme weather events. Such pollution-reduction measures are essential.Fortunately, they will provide other benefits to our economy, including moreinvestment in the clean energy technologies of the future, job creation, and economiccompetitiveness.36 Center for American Progress | Heavy Weather: How Climate Destruction Harms Middle- and Lower-Income Americans

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