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December 3, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Typhoon Haiyan presents the need for a carbon fee

Future generations require our action now

Debris still litters the coastal township of Basey Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, nearly three weeks after Typhoon Haiyan lashed Eastern Samar province in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Debris still litters the coastal township of Basey Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, nearly three weeks after Typhoon Haiyan lashed Eastern Samar province in central Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

The guest column by Gillen D’Arcy Wood should be a wake-up call for all [“Typhoon Haiyan recalls past global cataclysm,” Opinion, Dec. 1].

The impact of superstorms like Typhoon Haiyan, attributed to warming ocean waters, are a harbinger of the likely future impacts of climate change on a global scale. The frequency of storm-related disasters linked to a warming planet are now irrefutable and are becoming the new normal as a way of life. Echoing the column, “The Haiyan challenge is far greater: to make a stand for humanity’s future on a livable planet.”

We must take action to reduce global-warming emissions if we hope to mitigate the worst effects of climate change in the foreseeable future. One way is to encourage our legislatures to implement a carbon fee and dividend similar to the one enacted in British Columbia: Return the fees generated from a tax on fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal) at the source to the public to offset the gradually increased cost of fossil fuel energy.

This would make clean, renewable energy more cost-competitive, which is a revenue-neutral, market-based approach. Future generations require our action now.

— David R. Kendall, Edmonds

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