Rob Hogg, state senator from Iowa, will present a Luther College guest lecture, "A Call to Climate Action – America's New National Purpose," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in Room 102 of the Franklin W. Olin Building on Luther's campus.
The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Hogg is a state senator from Cedar Rapids and author of the new book, "America's Climate Century." In the book, he argues that everything Americans do this century will be shaped by the need to reduce carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases. At the same time, the country has to deal with increasing numbers of climate-related disasters. Having represented Cedar Rapids in the Iowa Senate during the unprecedented flood of 2008, Hogg brings firsthand experience to the issue.
In the wake of such disasters as Hurricane Sandy and the heat and drought of 2012, Hogg argues in his book that the fight against climate change should be America's new national mission.
The good news is, Hogg says, solutions that could work against climate change can also fight other current problems such as rising health care and fuel costs. According to the senator, health care costs are rising as the planet becomes more polluted by fossil fuel use. Fuel costs go up with the cost of importing oil and make the American economy sluggish. Finding ways to make energy clean and renewable and determining how to conserve energy will create jobs, cut pollution and save money, Hogg asserts.
Senator Hogg is serving his second term in the Iowa Senate after two terms in the Iowa House. He and his wife, Kate, live in Cedar Rapids with their three children.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,500, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in 60 majors and preprofessional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: www.luther.edu.