Your editorial, “The two languages of climate change,” seems to assume that farmers and ranchers can find ways to adapt to impacts of climate change, and that politicians are just “leaping for the panic button” to “push through political agendas.”

In June, we had three days of heat far exceeding all-time records at our cherry orchard in The Dalles. Our cherries literally cooked on the trees in the 118 degree heat, and we lost at least half of our crop. The suggestion for mitigation of climate change effects, “We can deal with it with more reservoir capacity,” isn’t a solution for us. We have plenty of irrigation water, but no amount of water would have protected our crop from that heat. All the farmers in our area were hurt, including dryland wheat farmers, ranchers that pasture their animals, hay growers, you name it.

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