Letter: High price of climate change
More than 1,000 years of ice cores from Antarctica reveal that carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, was stable at a concentration of 280 parts per million.
However, starting with the Industrial Revolution, the concentration of this gas increased dramatically.
There is no question that this gas is not from natural means but is from burning fossil fuels. The only question now is who is going to pay the bill to repair the future impacts needed to offset the impacts of global warming.
Will it be the industries that have caused the problem or will it be the public?
The cost is going to be in the billions. For example, some areas of New York are going to build ocean flood gates and pumps to protect expensive buildings and their subway system.
The South and Midwest will face increasingly severe droughts and fires, which will require communities to either recycle wastewater or use expensive systems to desalinate ocean water to protect the nation’s food supply.
Currently, industries are funding politicians to convince the American public that the threat is imaginary.
Any politician who says he or she doesn’t believe in climate change is either lying or will say anything to protect their funding source.
To avoid the high future costs, people need to vote for politicians who believe in climate change before it is too late.
Unfortunately, we are playing with our planet’s thermostat.
RAYMOND P. CARTER