A troubling statistic appeared in the recent article “State sets heat record for 8 months,” (Sept. 13) about how California’s average temperature of 62.6 degrees was 1.1 degrees above the previous high and 4 degrees above the 20th Century average, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Unfortunately, news of this kind is becoming all too common in the U.S. and around the globe. The majority of climate scientists are telling us that rising levels of man-made CO2 are causing temperatures to rise, along with creating the conditions leading to other extreme weather events.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that strong measures are needed now to cut back CO2 emissions, but government has been slow to enact legislation to meet the challenge.
There’s a growing awareness among economists, businesses and citizens that taxing fossil fuels is a good strategy for reducing CO2 emissions, especially when revenue generated from a carbon fee comes back to the public in the form of a dividend.
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Many say we must change. Changing is part of adaptation. Gradualism works. Abrupt is difficult. We need our leaders addressing global warming, gradually taxing man-made CO2 emissions and lowering the Earth’s rising temperature.