John Lindsey’s column, “California, and the world, endured a 2014 heat wave” (Jan. 11) reminded me of a recent report completed by the Scripps Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey (reported by The Sacramento Bee, Nov. 2). The exhaustive study, confirmed by 32 separate simulations, found that the Sierras could warm by 3 degrees Celsius by 2100.
The scariest part is that each degree of temperature rise could result in a loss of about 23 percent of the remaining snowpack. More of the lower Sierras would get rain rather than snow, and much of our precious reserve of irrigation water would run off, possibly as flooding, before the hottest period of summer.
California’s future as a continuing agricultural powerhouse ultimately depends on what is done at the federal level. Regardless of who is “running” Congress this session, we need to make it crystal clear to our representatives that ignoring carbon emissions pollution will no longer benefit either party.
Please support bipartisan legislation to put a nationwide revenue-neutral price on carbon. Let’s convince Congress that lowering CO2 emissions is in everyone’s best interest. Make America a leader rather than a laggard in the global fight against climate change.