I am pleased to see Karen Wiles’ letter to The Tribune (“Climate change is too important for partisanship,” Feb. 29) was so widely read!
Its sentiment was echoed by a reader in Wisconsin (“Tackling climate change is a bipartisan issue,” March 12) but merited an angry response from Ottawa, Canada (“Turn up the burner on climate change adaptation,” March 12). Tom Harris claimed working for a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is supporting “one of the greatest moral travesties of our time.” It comes as no surprise that a quick Web search exposes Mr. Harris as a notorious climate denier funded by the coal-magnate Koch brothers.
I agree money needs to be spent adapting to rising sea levels and other damaging conditions already manifesting from global warming. However, continually repairing damage caused by global warming without addressing its cause would be pure nonsense. Science is clear that burning fossil fuels is driving the warming of our planet. Mr. Harris’ response makes it clear that defenders of dirty energy are desperate to block the proposal offered by Citizens Climate Lobby (citizensclimatelobby.org), which is gaining bipartisan interest and support. I hope most readers will recognize the value of CCL’s fee-and-dividend proposal. Please support it and the courageous work of the Climate Solutions Caucus before Earth gets any hotter!
Sharon Rippner, San Luis Obispo