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Letter: Climate letters

I realize that letters like “Global warming and cooling” (June 23) appear on the Opinion page and everyone is entitled to their own opinion — but not to their own facts. Man-made global warming is a scientific fact, not a theory. Every scientific body of national or international standing agrees on anthropogenic global warming. So does virtually every climate scientist publishing, worldwide, in peer-reviewed journals, over 69,000 of them (National Physical Sciences Consortium).

If your paper were to publish letters on the subject of global warming in proportion to the number of publishing AGW climate scientists and publishing climate scientists opposing them, the ratio would be over 99.9 percent AGW and -.1 percent climate “skeptics”/deniers. This isn’t a matter of considering both sides. There is now literally no “debate” in the scientific community about AGW.

Instead of wasting space in this paper on a nonexistent “debate,” how about focusing on solutions to a problem that the National Academy of Sciences says will, unchecked, cause “global economic collapse” followed by “societal collapse?”

There’s a proven solution practically everyone can support because it costs nothing, will make the vast majority of Americans better off financially and will save over 200,000 American lives now lost annually to carbon pollution (MIT.edu).

It’s a carbon tax paid to the taxpayers, not the government, called “carbon fee-and-dividend.” All fossil fuel corporations pay the tax/fee to every taxpayer in equal “carbon dividend” checks. As the fee increases annually, so do people’s “dividends.” Fossil fuel prices go up steadily while solar and wind prices continue to drop exponentially, as they have for decades, particularly once they scale up. So people save more each year by switching to clean energy. That’s projected to create over 5 million permanent U.S. jobs and increase our GDP $75-80 billion annually (citizensclimatelobby.org).

It’s been successful in British Columbia for eight years (The Economist) and there can be bipartisan support for carbon fee-and-dividend in Congress because it uses conservative economics — market forces, not government regulations or spending. Google the conservative Climate Leadership’s Council’s “A Climate Solution Where All Sides Win” and “CLC Unlocking the Climate Puzzle” for more.

Pete Kuntz


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