To the editor:

The hazy, gray sky and air quality warnings on the East Coast are an urgent reminder that the West is on fire, and more than it naturally should be.

As a teenager, it is scary to see this cloud of smoke, knowing that I am already seeing the effects of climate change at home. If carbon pollution continues on the current path, a smoky sky will be the least of our problems in a few decades.

So we need to act now.

Your readers should email their senators, asking them to include a price on carbon pollution in the reconciliation package. You can learn more from the Citizens Climate Lobby (

This is an essential step in addressing climate change, and Congress needs our support to make it happen.

Katharine Gage


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