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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Costly climate change

Take action to solve dire problem

I could not agree more with the authors Katie Baird, Peter Dorman and Hart Hodges in their March 27 article, “Climate change will be costly for Washington state” [seattletimes.com, Opinion].

Indeed, it will be costly for the world. Numerous cost-benefit analyses have come to the same conclusions as the recent report by the Program on Climate Economics of the Climate Leadership Initiative at the University of Oregon. Namely, that the decision to do nothing about climate change could cost us dearly.

Having recently finished a degree in climate science, I am convinced that the climate problem is grave, and it is urgent. We may not know exactly how badly the climate will respond, but we do know that we only have one Earth, and that we are taking a big and unnecessary risk.

The irony of climate change is that nearly everyone recognizes the problem and yet few are willing to make the hard political choices to address it.

We know how to solve this problem: First and foremost, we need to put a price on carbon. What is left is to commit to taking action. Now is the time to let members of Congress know that we will hold them accountable for the choices they make about our future. Many will soon be in their home districts for the April recess, making this a good time to make our voices heard.

— Guillaume Mauger, Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Seattle

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