Letter to the editor: Climate change must be addressed on national level

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Editor:

It was great to read about the things Edmonds is doing to address climate change, but small, local efforts, necessary as they are, will never be enough in time. We need national legislation. The latest IPCC reports say we have to reduce CO2 emissions drastically in the next 15 years or we will face “catastrophic” climate change.

There is a simple, realistic plan for replacing fossil fuels without hurting our economy or punishing consumers. Eight Nobel Prize-wining economists and the Harvard economist who co-authored of the latest IPCC report advocate a consumer-friendly carbon tax to transition efficiently to clean energy without economic pain. The plan is detailed on the Citizens Climate Lobby website.

A steadily increasing carbon pollution tax rebated directly to consumers, a “tax swap,” will let the market make the switch to renewables as carbon fuels get increasingly more expensive than solar and wind energy. As they scale up, solar and wind get cheaper and storage/intermittency problems have been solved. Solar and wind are already becoming competitive with dirty energy even though their subsidies have been eliminated while massive, and completely unnecessary multi-billion dollar annual subsidies for fossil fuels continue. This plan requires no government regulations and is revenue neutral.

If you want something big done on climate change, write Congress and demand action.

Lynn Goldfarb, Citizens Climate Lobby Volunteer
Lancaster, PA

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. The sky is falling….shutter…C02…shutter….plants and green things love C02….Junk Science!

    The United Nations (UN) has delivered its latest verdict on the measures necessary to save the world from global warming and the news is as grim as it is predictable and wearisomely familiar:
    More regulation from “experts”, technocrats and bureaucrats at supranational organisations, such as the one whose initials begin with U and end with N.

    More taxpayer subsidies for expensive, inefficient renewable energy.
    More nuclear power (with shale gas used as a transitional fuel to replace coal).
    The abandonment of fossil fuels.
    Less meat consumption.
    A single, globally-regulated price for carbon dioxide.
    More local-government-enforced walking, cycling and public transportation.
    More back-door wealth redistribution from the West to the developing world in the name of “sustainability”
    All at a cost to the global economy of up to 3.7 per cent of GDP by 2030, provided we act now.

    The sky is falling…time to eminent domain Sunset Ave properties…Build monstrous windmills…and Sanctimoniously pat ourselves on the back…we are sustainable.

  2. Let’s see; as I recall the global warming scare mongers were telling us about 10 years ago that by now the tides would have risen about 4 feet which would have effectively wiped out much of our downtown waterfront. I recall joking with Mayor Haakenson at a Council meeting that his waterfront property would be getting close to being underwater by now. Yet today, it still looks and is the same!

    We simply need less junk science and a tad MORE common sense in many areas of national and local concerns today. Global warming hysteria is simply goofball nonsense.

  3. I understand why Donald and Ray are unconcerned with Global Warming and Climate Change. In their science, if the sea level rises too much, the extra water will just run off the edge of the world.

  4. Of course global warming must be addressed on a national and international level, but efforts to deflect its dire consequences must be made by every government—and individual!

    Every choice an individual makes relative to energy consumption, or reduction, has consequences. Awareness, and action, in this vein can build collective awareness that may encourage us to petition our governments at all levels to do more.

    I also think that by acting en masse, we can make a significant difference. In April 2012, Prevention magazine reported that “If just 20% of American households switched from paper to electronic bills, we could save 1,811,275 trees and avoid 2 million tons of greenhouse gases.” Five hundred pounds is the “amount of carbon dioxide emissions saved by biking 10 miles a week instead of driving.” Impressive!

    I have some suggestions for individual action in what started out as a treatise on frugality (I practice it well). If you’d like a copy of “Frugality and Stewardship of the Planet Make Fabulous Partners,” just email me at ExceptionalEditorJP@gmail.com.

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