As with COVID, numbers don’t lie regarding climate

The Republican Secretary of State of Georgia Brad Raffensperger said, “I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie. I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the verdict of the people …. ”

The numbers keep climbing when it comes to infections, hospitalizations and number of deaths due to COVID-19. Every few days, we reach the same death toll as the Sept. 11 attack. Yet there is no national strategy to combat this virus.

Numbers don’t lie when it comes to the climate crisis. Harmful emissions are rising, killing 100,000 Americans every year and affecting the health of many more who suffer from environmental degradation.

Votes have been counted and the American people have spoken that we need to move quickly to find solutions for the COVID-19 crisis and climate change.

There is no way around these facts. Lives matter.

Kalpana Sutaria

Austin American-Statesman

December 4, 2020

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