In a standing-room-only gathering with their U.S. senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, the citizens of Hartford and surrounding areas voiced their concern for the troubling impacts of climate change in Connecticut. Climate change effects include worsening public health, rising national security concerns and negatives impacts on the economy. And as the CT Mirror notedâ€”it was "Not a bad day to talk about global warming" in Hartford where the local temperature was 96 and the heat index a dangerous 104.
The senators led the discussion and were joined by various community membersâ€”healthcare specialist Teresa Frankhauser, public health professional Dr. Dennis McBride; national security experts Scott Bates, President of the Center for National Policy and Tyler Belanger, a former Marine with the Truman National Security Project/Operation Free and industry community leader John Harrity of the Connecticut Council of Machinists.
Prior to the event, Senator Murphy stated, "We saw in October how Hurricane Sandy damaged Connecticut's coastâ€_extreme heat, storms, summer droughts and unhealthy air days are becoming more and more frequent." Senator Blumenthal agreed, declaring "It's a moral imperative" to act on climate change.
While both Senators rallied for support for the President's climate action plan, Senator Murphy urged the Hartford crowd, "The president can only do so muchâ€”tell the U.S. House and U.S. Senate that inaction is NOT an option."