Letter: Bad news from the scientists
Posted on Dec 11, 2013 - 01:02 PM Printer Friendly View
Almost every week a new and disturbing study comes out of the scientific community on some aspect of the impact of climate change on the environment. A report that came out last week co-authored by 18 scientists and led by Dr. James Hansen analyzed earth’s energy balance, rather imbalance. It is this imbalance that is causing increased warming. Parts of the conclusions are: “Rapid emissions reduction is required to restore Earth’s energy balance and avoid ocean heat uptake that would practically guarantee irreversible effects. Continuation of high fossil fuel emissions, given current knowledge of the consequences, would be an act of extraordinary witting intergenerational injustice. Responsible policymaking requires a rising price on carbon emissions that would preclude emissions from most remaining coal and unconventional fossil fuels and phase down emissions from conventional fossil fuels.”
The “intergenerational injustice” is the grabber. We are knowingly continuing to damage our planet at the expense of our children and grandchildren. Conservative and liberal economists alike agree that a price needs to be placed on carbon emissions. One that starts at $15 per ton of CO2 at the source or border, increases $10 per year and rebates the revenues to the people is the preferred approach.
Gregory T. Haugan, Ph.D.