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Thanks for the across the border Jan. 4 uplift with the editorial “Success of bike program in N.H. model for future.” The bike program cycles on this winter. The 2017 Nashua population of 88,000 makes them about three times our combined Westerly/Pawcatuck population of 27,600, but the inviting Wilcox Park to Misquamicut/Watch Hill beach distance provides a unique March-to-November prime time that, combined with the much-talked-about MIA beach bike path, might provide the synergy needed for VeoRide to eye our community.

The New York Times' David Leonhardt says “The story of 2018 was Climate Change,” with bicycles an ideal response. Weight resolutions weighing you down? Biking is an ideal response. Bikes enable you to experience life rather than have you watching it pass by from your fossil-fuel-loving, climate-destroying vehicle.

2018 was historic for the world’s renewed commitment “to stay within a 1.5-degree Celsius rise in global warming” last month in Poland where Trump’s U.S. contribution was being “accused of obstructing talks at the U.N. climate change summit”.

Bikes provide an awesomely infinite miles-per-gallon, as our states and communities take matters into their own hands in the face of the Trump "USA! USA!" administration’s reckless climate change indifference, with U.N. Secretary General A. Guterres stating: “To waste this opportunity would compromise our last best chance to stop runaway climate change. It would not only be immoral, it would be suicidal,” which might be the thought running through Democrat Congressional minds when considering the Trump presidency.

Where are we? On Jan. 8, The New York Times reports “U.S. carbon emissions rose sharply in 2018.” America’s carbon emissions rose by 3.4 percent in 2018, the biggest increase in eight years, which not so coincidentally was when Barack Obama started getting serious confronting climate change. Barack who?

So, who seems more credible and believable: The world’s scientists and community, our EPA and the United Nations or Donald Trump? Still unsure? Note Mr. Trump now claims his predecessors in the Oval Office had admitted to him that they should have built the barriers (wall) themselves. But back here on Earth, all of the living former presidents say that’s not true.

Yeah, well, who wants to go for a bike ride?

Jay Lustgarten

Westerly

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