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Letter: US should heed its own study on the effect of climate change

The National Climate Assessment, a report regularly ordered by the U.S. government, has just been officially released. More than 300 experts reviewing over more than 1500 scientific studies were involved in the report. The results directly contradicted the Trump Administration’s policies. It showed that climate change is real, caused by humans, and is extremely dangerous. 

The report projected sea level increases by the end of the century of between 1 and 4 feet, though a rise of even 8 feet cannot be ruled out, if we make no changes in our use of fossil fuels. An increase in temperatures of up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit is possible, with resultant severe increases in heat waves, crop loss, water shortage and severe loss of infrastructure. 

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry had previously ordered an assessment of whether the addition of renewable energy has weakened our power grid, hoping that it would show that it did. However, the results of this U.S. study showed that renewables actually made our power grid more resilient.

The evidence is clear, even from studies ordered by the U.S. government, that climate change is very real and will cause potentially catastrophic changes for our earth. Now it is time for all parties to come together and adopt a common-sense policy, like a national carbon fee and dividend plan, that can combat the dangers of climate change as well as help stimulate our economy.

We have the resources available; solar and wind energy are rapidly coming down in price and it is now time for the U.S. to assume the role as the world leader in the green energy revolution. We lead, or we will be left behind. The choice is ours.

Vernon Dixon


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