Letters to the Editor

Letter: Congrats, Rep. Hultgren

To the Editor:

Congratulations to Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-IL 14. Just 10 days ago, we asked our Congressional representatives to use Earth Day 2018 as a forum to join the U.S. House of Representatives Climate Solutions Caucus. We’re pleased that Rep. Hultgren did so.

Engaging in civil, bipartisan talks to address climate change is critical. Rep. Hultgren’s interest in our national laboratories, in particular, and his membership on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee can make important contributions. We hope Hultgren can stand against the erosion of earth and space science necessary to form effective climate response.

Rep. Hultgren joins the caucus with a Democrat colleague in the house, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO-07), bringing the membership to 74 representatives, evenly split between the two parties.

Rep. Hultgren’s emphasis on engineered solutions to climate change is important but cannot be the sole approach. The Citizens’ Climate Lobby proposes a Carbon Fee and Dividend (1) to reduce greenhouse gases attributable to the sharp rise in temperatures through the Industrial Age, science supported by former climate skeptic Professor Richard Muller (2).

Time is critical and the U.S. needs to re-engage with the rest of the world. Rep. Hultgren has answered the calls our chapter has submitted to him from hundreds of citizens — residents, business leaders, faith leaders and local politicians, including 17 members of the McHenry County Board — who recognize that we’re already responding to negative effects of climate change.

Jack Shipley

McHenry County Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby

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