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December 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Act now to lower emissions and protect our world

Federal carbon tax is the solution

Climate activists shout slogans during a march to campaign against global warming in downtown Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The demonstration coincides with a two-week United Nations conference that is to prepare groundwork for a new climate deal expected in 2015. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Climate activists shout slogans during a march to campaign against global warming in downtown Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The demonstration coincides with a two-week United Nations conference that is to prepare groundwork for a new climate deal expected in 2015.
(AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Everyday the media is reporting global warming symptoms (caused by CO2 pollution from burning fossil fuels) more and more frequently: drought, fires, floods, ocean acidification, insect pests moving north destroying forests and bringing tropical diseases [“Arctic Ocean leaking methane at alarming rate, researchers say,” Online, Nov. 30].

Perhaps we are complacent in the Northwest. We don’t see the symptoms as so dangerous to us, as if they are manageable. And the cause, the gases, are invisible to us.

But now comes this news from the Arctic. Methane is being released at twice the predicted rate as the permafrost and ice is melting. Methane is the most dangerous of all the greenhouse gases. It’s 30 to 70 times as damaging as CO2. This will profoundly escalate all the problems for our ecosystems.

This is a very alarming development. But we can act to reduce these greenhouse gases. We need to contact our legislators and let them know how urgently we feel the need to put a price on carbon to slow down the emissions immediately. Citizens Climate Lobby proposes a federal carbon tax (similar to the one in British Columbia that has been working well for five years) with dividends returned to citizens. It’s revenue neutral and could be implemented immediately.

Let’s act now to work on every level for a safer planet to lower these emissions. It’s the ultimate health care for all life forms.

— Livia Jackson, Seattle

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