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United States needs to lead climate talks in Paris

A giant globe displays a video animation during a conference about Antarctic mass change at the U.S. Pavillon during the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, outside Paris, on Dec. 1, 2015.
A giant globe displays a video animation during a conference about Antarctic mass change at the U.S. Pavillon during the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, outside Paris, on Dec. 1, 2015. Associated Press

It is necessary for the United States to be a leader at the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris if meaningful agreements on fighting climate change are to be reached. Although President Obama does not have optimal support from some members of Congress, the California delegation will be there to back him up in his climate policy negotiations with other world leaders. (“Don’t forget homefront on climate change,” The Tribune, Nov 16.)

Bill Nye, in his recent book, “Unstoppable,” agrees that if anything important is going to get done on climate change, the United States needs to take the lead. He suggests managing the production, transmission and storage of energy will require new laws and regulations. I was inspired by Nye’s interest in a carbon fee and dividend system, calling it “a big idea, a huge and potentially world-changing idea, something that could be written into the law of this land that would change the world.”

Citizen’s Climate Lobby supports a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend plan that would tax fossil fuels, return all revenue from the tax to households and promote clean energy. The time for leadership and action is now.

Karen Wiles, San Luis Obispo

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