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Letter: Recent reports show dangers of climate change
06232018 CLIMATE EARTH

More and more information is coming in about the impending crisis from climate change if we don’t take immediate and decisive action.  

Over the last several months many expert scientific, economic and governmental reports have been issued about climate change.  

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the U.S. National Climate Assessment reports have both issued dire warnings about the impending climate change crisis.  

The National Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon and the Government Accountability Office have also issued recent reports warning of national security risks from unchecked climate change.  The annual Global Risks Report ranked failure to act on climate change as the second most dangerous problem in our world today, ranking only behind severe weather events, which are worsened by climate change.

A recent report by some of the leading conservative economists of our time warned of the dangers from climate change and recommended a revenue neutral carbon fee and dividend plan as the conservative solution. Yet, the leaders of our government say they have superior intelligence and simply do not believe any of this.  

This seems to be extremely arrogant and an invitation for disaster. Isn’t it about time that we listened to the advice of the world’s experts?

Fortunately, we do have a solution that is workable and affordable. The recently introduced bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR 763, is a free market, conservative solution that would go a long way toward solving this crisis while actually helping our economy.  Economic studies show that it would decrease greenhouse gases by 90 percent by 2050 and add 2.1 million new jobs in its first 10 years while at the same time putting extra money into about 60-65 percent of Americans’ pocketbooks, even after accounting for extra energy costs.

I would urge people to read about this bill and see if it makes sense to them.

Vernon  Dixon

Hiawassee

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