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Letter: Global climate change is a deadly experiment waged by humanity
10042017 CLIMATE CHANGE
A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. (Jim Cole, File) - photo by Associated Press

We are now engaging in the most dangerous experiment in history. It is a human experiment to see how much greenhouse gases we can put out into our environment and how much we can raise the earth’s temperature before we do irreparable, catastrophic damage to our earth. It is an experiment to see if the 1 to 3 percent of climate experts who say that climate change is not real are correct rather than the 97 to 99 percent who say that it is real.

The most dangerous thing is that our human race — you and I and our children and grandchildren for countless generations to come — is being used as the guinea pigs. Do we want this experiment to continue as the evidence mounts that rising seas and increasing storm, fire and drought are indeed damaging our earth? 

The good news is that we now have the means to stop climate change while actually growing the economy. Three prominent Republicans who were former secretaries of State or Treasury under the Nixon, Reagan and Bush administrations — George Shultz, James Baker and Henry Paulson — along with Rob Walton and other prominent Republicans have come out with what they call the Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends plan. They call for placing a price on the production of greenhouse gases and refunding all the money to all U.S. citizens. They claim this will combat climate change while growing our economy.

It is time for Republicans and Democrats to come together in a common sense, market driven plan to combat climate change. This plan appears to do just that. It is time to stop our deadly experiment!

Vernon Dixon

Hiawassee

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