A Michigan lawmaker is urging swift action to combat climate change.
U.S. Senator Gary Peters hosted an Earth Day field summit in Lansing Monday.
Peters says the impacts of climate change are not a problem for future generations to tackle.
“They are significant, they are costly and they are already being felt here in Michigan,” Peters said.
Peters says the Midwest is particularly vulnerable to the challenges posed by climate change.
“Michigan and our neighboring states are projected to incur some of the most significant damage to our roads and bridges,” Peters said. “Mostly due to increased flooding.”
Peters says in the last 15 years, catastrophic weather has cost the federal government and U.S. taxpayers roughly half a trillion dollars in disaster assistance.
Peters calls climate change a "dire threat that we must address today."