Act now to curb global warming – Sentinel & Enterprise
Thank you for a very important, though depressing, piece regarding significant warming in Siberia, and for confidence with which it links human actions to this crisis. It’s time we accept responsibility for the most significant public health threat of our generation.
Evidence that the Arctic is heating more than twice as fast as the global average is alarming given the innumerable ways in which Arctic ice helps to regulate the temperature of the earth and our current ecosystem. For example, while wildfires are one disastrous effect, so is the warming of the oceans and the resulting impact on marine life.
While the problem feels momentously large, the sudden change in behavior by people globally due to the COVID crisis makes me optimistic about our ability to change rapidly and radically in response to a concurrent and likely more significant threat. There are many ways to respond to the climate crisis, and one of the best is through support of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 763, which proposes that a fee be placed on carbon at the point of extraction, to encourage the use of more renewable energy sources.
Reducing the introduction of more greenhouse gases into our atmosphere through national legislation would have an immediate impact on the current trajectory of global warming, especially given the U.S.’ high ranking (#2) as a greenhouse gas emitter.
Please consider contacting your senators and representatives in support of this very important bill.
Response to Tuesday’s editorial
I wholeheartedly agree with the editors’ view that “absurd media activism abounds.”
I’m dismayed that the editorial only cited examples from those opposed to the current Republican administration.
The reports from Fox News, Breitbart, and dozens of extreme right wing pundits are equally as absurd and activist. The media owes it to us as readers and viewers to present facts and context to help us reach our own conclusions.
When you layer on the abuse of social media channels in a time of growing fear, anxiety, anger and frustration it is almost impossible to discern facts from “spin.”
You would do us all a great service by balancing your analysis across the political spectrum and help us decide where to cast our votes in what I pray is still a democratic society as my grandson grows up.