SEVERE flooding, heat-related deaths, unhealthy air, loss of species and damage to agriculture and industry are some of the threats we face as a result of global warming. PennEnvironment reports that this state is a leading contributor to global warming in the U.S., responsible for 1 percent of total global emissions.

But there's hope. Congress can tackle global warming through clean-energy solutions and capping global warming pollution. It's called the American Clean Energy & Security Act.

Without serious action, Pennsylvania will continue to be affected by global warming. But with aggressive action, we can transform our country through the creation of jobs, investment of capital into our economy, freedom from foreign sources of energy as well as protection from increasing fuel costs. I urge citizens to support the Clean Energy & Security Act.

Laura Thornton

PennEnvironment Volunteer

St. Joseph's University