Moorlach Overlooks the Economic Impact of Climate Change

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For years I have followed Senator John Moorlach as a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and now as state senator. I applaud him for his concerns about wasteful spending, but it seems he doesn’t get that as a senator he’s also responsible for all the things needed to have a strong economy and healthy communities.

Moorlach recently opposed a bill addressing global climate change signed by Gov. Brown. Climate change is real, the CO2 emissions that contribute to climate change are harmful to our health. Trivializing or ignoring the problem won’t make it go away. Not addressing the problem only makes it more difficult to deal with later. This summer was the hottest worldwide ever, last year was the second hottest summer.

Californians are already feeling the effects of climate change, from rising sea levels along the coastal communities to drought-stricken farming communities. It’s long past time that we address the problems and plan for our future. We need to capture the rare rainfall we receive and if necessary, build desalination plants to supplement our water needs. Why isn’t John Moorlach able to see what we need and plan accordingly?

Moorlach wants only to address pensions. Fair enough, but why does Moorlach attack the pensions of police, firefighters, and teachers when he’s taking an $84,000 pension from OC taxpayers? The Los Angeles Times said Moorlach blamed the pension problems on policies when Moorlach “knew better.” The problem was caused by an economic crisis slowdown.

The threat to our economy and our future isn’t pensions, the threat is not having clean air and available water. Without them our quality of life suffers, businesses are driven away, and our economy struggles.

I urge you to support Ari Grayson for state senate. Ari has the vision California needs to thrive.

Pat Grossman

Newport Beach

Note: Moorlach and Grayson are running for the 37th State Senate District, which includes Newport Beach.

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