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Letter: Change of heart on climate change

To the Editor:

Ebenezer Scrooge had a change of heart and mind when the three nocturnal visitors forced him to look back at his past, observe the present and see what his future would lead to if he maintained his selfish way of living. Fortunately, Mr. Scrooge realized the error of his ways and became kind and compassionate.

With the recent announcements about the seriousness of climate change from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report as well as the National Climate Assessment, we have the opportunity to look back at the effect the burning of fossil fuels has had on global warming, observe the present experiences with storms and wildfires intensified by climate change and see what our continued delay in taking action will mean to future generations.

Here is our opportunity: Six members of the House of Representatives – three Republicans and three Democrats – are sponsoring a climate change bill, the first bipartisan bill on climate change in a decade. 

House Resolution 7173, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is sponsored by Charlie Crist, D-Fla; John Delaney, D-Md.; Ted Deutch, D-Fla.; Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.; Francis Rooney, R-Fla.; and David Trott, R-Mich. 

The EICD targets a 90 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050. Economists and scientists agree that putting a price on carbon is a simple and yet effective way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the major cause of global warming.

Like Scrooge, if we are willing to learn and change, the future does not have to be filled with fires consuming the West, storms and floods overwhelming the South and East, and wilting crops caused by heat and drought in the Great Plains and Midwest.

By introducing this bipartisan bill, these representatives are saying that solving climate change is too urgent to get caught up in partisan politics.

Rick Johnson

Wonder Lake

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