Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Debate over Climate Change Must End

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Debate over Climate Change Must End

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Davitt Woodwell, executive vice president of the southwestern region of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, will replace Paul M. King as president and CEO of the organization on July 1. Mr. Woodwell began working for the council as an attorney in 1993 and, aside from a two-year leave of absence in which he served as the first executive director of Riverlife (formerly known as the Riverlife Task Force), has been with the council since.

Q: In terms of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, where do you see Pittsburgh headed in the next 20 years?

A: The Pittsburgh region has made amazing strides in remaking itself over the last 30 years. We have been leaders in environmental restoration and reclamation. But we still need to address current and legacy environmental issues, including abandoned mine drainage, continued resource extraction and air quality.

At the same time, there is momentum in the region from government, colleges and universities, nonprofits, forward-looking companies, and individuals to write the next chapter of environmental improvement. Whether it is green building advances, riverfront trail development, green chemistry, investigations into alternative fuels or climate initiatives, this region should continue to be a leader well into the next 20 years.

The results of this will be reflected not only in environmental metrics, but also in a stronger and sustainable regional economy, improved public health and a strong quality of life.

Q: In terms of environmental problems, what should Americans be the most concerned about and why?

A: Clearly, the climate change "debate" must come to an end. America must accept the science and move to act on limiting climate impacts.

It is a challenge that America is up to and represents not only environmental consequences but also considerable economic and national security concerns, as well. …

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