Letter: The time to act on climate change is now
In the space of five minutes the Weather Channel recently reported on the floods in Colorado, the wildfires in California and an “unprecedented” amount of moisture in the air. Despite the fact that all of these are predicted by climate change models, there was not a word about climate change.
Nearly two-thirds of voters support significant steps to address climate change now. Cleaning up power plants is a common-sense step. The EPA has the authority to protect our health from dangerous carbon pollution and should act accordingly. Industrial carbon pollution is at the highest levels in human history. The costs of inaction are already apparent: more destructive and deadly extreme weather; rising global temperatures; life-threatening diseases; and skyrocketing costs for disaster recovery. Opponents of action to cut industrial carbon pollution ignore and deny the science that tells us it is time to act. Their funding comes from corporate polluters who deny the science to protect their profits while politicians deny the science to protect their political careers. There is a virtual consensus of peer reviewed science that climate change is human caused. Science is not a democratic endeavor; we can’t vote on the reality of climate change any more than we can vote to levitate a politician.
Since 1970, every $1 in investment in compliance with Clean Air Act standards has produced $4-8 in economic benefits. In New Hampshire a dollar invested in energy efficiency, a prime means of reducing carbon emissions, yields a $7 return. The time for action is now.