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Letter to the Editor - Insurers Worry About Climate Change

Letter to the Editor

Columbus Dispatch

July 16, 2013

If the front page of today’s Dispatch doesn’t convince everyone that Climate Change is real, I don’t know what will.

In your story titled “Deductibles added for wind, hale [sic] damage” you explain why home insurance companies are beginning to charge Ohio homeowners more for damage caused by wind and hail.  But there are no increased charges for fire or theft claims.

Insurers have noticed a rapidly growing number of claims over the past 5 years, almost triple the previous 5 years, for weather related damage.

Their actuaries make their living betting on the future and they know this is a trend, not an anomaly.

Politicians can deny climate change all they want, but when serious businesspeople are convinced, and 99% of the scientific community agree, isn’t it time we do something about it?

Dave Girves

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