On March 21, Cumberland and York counties experienced a snowstorm that canceled school and created traffic accidents across the counties (“Wintry blast ushers in spring with school cancellations, traffic accidents,” March 21).

A new interactive online map created by Environment Maine shows how those living in the state are already experiencing extreme weather. In fact, approximately 1 million Mainers live in a county that was affected by at least one weather-related disaster in the last five years.

From massive floods to severe snowstorms, dangerous weather is already hitting close to home.

We know what we must do to avert climate catastrophe: Clean up power plants – the largest sources of carbon pollution – and power our country with 100 percent renewable energy.

As these extreme weather events continue to increase in frequency and intensity, we need states like Maine to continue to act boldly in slashing global warming pollution. Maine’s next step should include strengthening the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reduce regional power plant pollution by more than half in the next 15 years.

Paola Capo

Environment Maine

Washington, D.C.

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