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Group calls on lawmakers to stop climate change

Members of Organize for Action gather to ask Arizona lawmakers to act on climate control issues. (KTAR Photo/Bob McClay)

PHOENIX -- Climate change was the subject of a lot of conversation on the lawn outside the Arizona House of Representatives on Wednesday morning.

The group Organizing for Acton may have been at the Arizona State Capitol, but they were really calling on Arizona's national leaders to take action.

"We wanted to make sure that our delegation, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Jeff Flake and Arizona members of the U.S. House understand that climate change is a serious issue for Arizona," said Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club, which is part of Organizing for Action.

Bahr said Valley summers will be even hotter if climate change isn't prevented.

"Pretty much every climate study shows that the southwestern United States is going to be one of the areas hardest hit in North America," she said.

The group believes that America needs to turn to cleaner energy sources.

"For us in Arizona, solar makes a lot of sense," Bahr said. "We have over 300 days of sunshine. We should be leading the United States relative to solar, if not the world, and we're still lagging."

Bahr said Congress needs to pass laws that turn the country away from energy sources that cause pollution.

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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