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New Report: Global Warming to Bring More Severe Weather to State

September 9, 2010

BRANFORD, Conn. - Three Shoreline legislators joined Connecticut environmental activists in the release of a new report saying climate change will bring more extreme weather to our state. As the wind whipped the waves during a news conference at Branford Point Beach on Wednesday, Joe Blass, field associate with Environment Connecticut, pointed to last spring's extreme coastal flooding as one indication of severe weather.

"It's important to note that we are not saying whether or not any of these extreme weather events were caused by global warming; rather, we're saying that every weather event arises from a combination of short-term weather patterns and long-term climatic trends, and global warming loads the dice for severe weather."

He says Connecticut has been a leader in passing climate change legislation, noting especially the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act, but he emphasizes more must be done at both the federal and state levels.

Guilford State Rep. Pat Widlitz pointed to a very local impact of the global changes.

"We're already experiencing the intrusion of salt water into our drinking wells along the shoreline in one of the towns that I represent. As well as water level rise, we have seen significant flooding more frequently."

Speakers also praised Connecticut's leadership role on combating climate change and noted their support for President Obama's efforts to pass higher standards for fuel economy and global warming pollution.

Melinda Tuhus, Public News Service - CT