Two reports in the Nov. 2 edition of The Tribune have hit me like a one-two punch.
First, the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change announcing “conclusive evidence” of irreversible climate disruption from the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, with the costs of mitigation growing exponentially each year.
Second, scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the U.S. Geological Survey predict less snowpack in the California mountains and longer droughts.
With the evidence coming at us like a steady drumbeat, day after day, I am close to screaming, why, why, why doesn’t Congress take world leadership and begin drastic and effective cuts to our use of fossil fuels? When I see the beautiful little children in my neighborhood playing so happily, I want to hug them and cry. What kind of life do they have to look forward to? We must take action immediately and pass revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend legislation to begin the transition to a greener, cleaner future for us and for future generations.