Letter to the Editor

People in charge

San Luis ObispoSeptember 25, 2013 

It is often said that if you are not a part of the solution, then you are part of the problem. This couldn’t be more clearly illustrated than the recent House Energy and Power Subcommittee meeting on climate change. As Yosemite burns and Colorado floods at unprecedented levels, our representatives gather to debate President Barack Obama’s climate plan.

Here we see congressional intransigence at epic highs while our own water basin sinks to staggering lows. The need to create and enact a plan that tempers the growing climate crisis is crucial and leaders who have sworn to work for the people betray us all when they reject recommended solutions while offering no alternatives. Many seem more committed to attacking “the other side” than they are to attacking the insidious sources of climate change. It is time to move to effective solutions like a revenue-neutral carbon tax that holds those accountable for the degradation of our world.

We can build a secure future and address climate disruption if we put people, not the fossil fuel companies and their minions, back in charge of our democracy. Let your civic leaders know this is important to you and be a part of the solution.

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