The Increasingly Devastating Impact of Climate Change on Fires; Enjoying the Pleasure of Solving Puzzles; Recognizing the Value of Water; Dealing with the Embarrassment of Removing Trump

Warming climate likely made Marshall Fire more destructive

Climate Change and the Destructive Impact of the Marshall Fire

Recent articles in the Daily Camera shed light on the aftermath of the devastating Marshall Fire. From homeowners seeking tax exemptions to families celebrating Christmas in their rebuilt homes, the stories highlight the resilience and challenges faced by the affected community.

However, it is crucial to acknowledge the role of a warming climate in intensifying the destructive power of wildfires like the Marshall Fire. To effectively mitigate such disasters, addressing climate change becomes an imperative.

Addressing Climate Change through Transmission Expansion

While the Inflation Reduction Act has provided some relief, we must not be complacent. Expanding transmission by a mere 1% per year will limit our potential emissions reductions to a mere 20% of what the Inflation Act can achieve.

An innovative proposal to accelerate transmission is the BIG WIRES Act. This legislation sets a target for regions to transmit at least 30% of their peak demand by 2035. The introduction of the bill by Senator Hickenlooper is commendable, and we urge Senator Bennet and Rep. Joe Neguse to join as co-sponsors. It is essential to mobilize support from members of Congress to ensure the passage of this crucial legislation.

A Christmas Treat: Puzzle Problem Solved

Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the dedicated individuals at the Daily Camera who worked tirelessly to resolve the issue of missing clues in the New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzles. After a month of disappointment, today’s puzzle brought joy and excitement to puzzle enthusiasts on Christmas Eve. Congratulations to the team for their perseverance and successful resolution of the problem.

Precipitation Trend and the Importance of Water Conservation

As a long-time reader of print, I must express my concern about the layout of weather data. The absence of the “Precipitation Trend,” a month-by-month comparison of rainfall in inches with the previous year and the average annual precipitation, is a missed opportunity to provide valuable information.

This data is not only fascinating but also serves as a reminder of the aridity we face. With an average annual precipitation of 21.23 inches, as of December 17th, we are at 22.28 inches. It underscores the preciousness of water and the urgent need for all of us to conserve this vital resource. I kindly request the inclusion of this information in the daily paper.

The Controversy Surrounding Trump’s Ballot Disqualification

The recent ruling by the CO Supreme Court disqualifying Mr. Trump from the upcoming ballot is both misguided and potentially dangerous. The court’s decision is based on the “infraction” of the January 6, 2021 insurrection, invoking section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

However, it is important to note that Mr. Trump has not been convicted of insurrection in any court of law. Without a conviction, the only offense for which a judge can impose a sanction is contempt of court.

This ruling sets a concerning precedent, as highlighted by Peggy Noonan in her 12/23 WSJ op-ed. If Colorado can ban Mr. Trump from the ballot based on charges of insurrection, what prevents Texas from banning Joe Biden for allegedly neglecting his constitutional responsibility to secure the country’s borders? The potential for politicians to exploit such power is alarming.

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