Letter: Climate change solution
May 18, 2017
"Climate facts revisited" (May 14) gives a science-based refutation to the often cited false climate-denier claim that NASA scientists falsified climate data. These sorts of denier talking points are the result of cherry-picking and distortion by the multimillion-dollar climate denial operation funded by Exxon-Mobil, the billionaire Koch brothers and Peabody Coal (Scientific American, "Dark Money" and "How to Make Friends and Bamboozle People About Climate Change").
Every scientific body of national or international standing agrees that anthropogenic global warming will be "catastrophic" if we don't stop burning fossil fuels. NASA's website has a list of all 230 of them.
We need to stop trying to convince scientific illiterates whose political affiliations don't allow them to see the truth, and to focus, instead, on solutions to climate change.
Fortunately, there's a proven solution to climate change that will not cost consumers or taxpayers anything. In fact, it will create millions of jobs, increase GDP and give middle-class and lower-income Americans extra disposable income every month.
It's called "carbon fee-and-dividend," a carbon tax that's paid to the taxpayers, rather than by them. Every fossil fuel corporation pays a fee, according to how much their fuel pollutes. One hundred percent of the money goes to every taxpayer in equal monthly "carbon dividend" checks. The tax increases annually, making coal, oil and natural gas more and more expensive than solar and wind energy. This means people who use their "dividend" checks to buy cheaper clean energy come out ahead financially. That's projected to increase GDP by $75-80 billion annually (citizensclimatelobby.org).
It will also create over 5 million good-paying, permanent (40-year) clean energy jobs in the U.S. (Stanford University's solutionsproject.org). It's lowered taxes and energy bills and created jobs in British Columbia for the past eight years (The Economist).
Carbon fee-and-dividend will substantially reduce the over 200,000 annual American deaths from carbon pollution (MIT.edu).