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Opinion: World must come together to address climate change
06232018 CLIMATE EARTH

In his letter to the editor, Brian Moss made a great point about not building houses on a foundation of sand regarding climate change. Neither should we keep our heads buried in that sand and refuse to acknowledge what is proven by sound scientific research.

We must ready ourselves for continuing extreme weather events globally, severe drought in some places and heavy flooding in others: wildfires, stronger and more frequent hurricanes, melting polar ice caps and glaciers, poor air quality, health problems, threats to marine life such as acidification, heat waves, release of methane gases from thawing permafrost, water shortages and crop failures.

These and other consequences of climate change are detailed in the sixth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – a group of 230 research scientists from around the world. Over 14,000 research citations are in the report.

We will be unable to repair some of the negative impacts humans have had on the earth. I encourage you to read the report for yourself.

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres called the IPCC report a “code red for humanity.” Guterres said, “the alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable: greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning and deforestation are choking our planet and putting billions of people at immediate risk.”

Consequently, people will be forced to leave their home countries in search of water, food and dry land. Representatives of The Alliance for Small Island States (such as the Bahamas, Maldives, Cuba, Singapore, Seychelles, Fiji) are extremely concerned about the survival of islands that are just above sea level. Many U.S. coastal cities will also be flooded.

We can’t just sit by and watch this happen and do nothing. Finding solutions is going to take sacrificial effort from all of us, working together, across the globe. We must be united in our consultations, not waste precious time playing blame games. The clock is ticking faster by the day. We must have input from smaller nations as well as global super powers and tackle these issues for the sake of our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Moss spoke about moving away from carbon-based fuels. House Resolution 2307 would accomplish this and provide all Americans with a regular check from profits earned through carbon fees. This policy will reduce America’s carbon pollution by 50% by 2030, reaching net zero by 2050. Forbes magazine recently published an article about this climate bill, titled “This Climate Bill Would Actually Send Checks to Americans. Can It Help Save The Planet And Grow Our Economy?” by John Cumbers. It provides an excellent overview of how carbon fee and dividend would work.

Details of HR 2307 are available at energyinnovationact.org and www.ccl.org . There is bipartisan support for this bill, which would create new jobs in the energy sector. A vote on this will be coming up soon. I urge readers to contact their congressional representatives and ask them to support HR 2307.


Robin Neiheisel

Oakwood