One point is often missing from arguments for fighting climate change: Reducing carbon emissions is one of the simplest ways that people in Seattle, and throughout the U.S., can help people living in poverty around the world [“Climate change: mitigation, adaptation,” Opinion, Feb. 13]. Greenhouse gases emitted here don’t stay here, they contribute to…More
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“Climate change is real,” Lance Dickie said in his excellent recent column [“Climate change: mitigation, adaptation,” Opinion, Feb. 13]. Dealing with climate change may keep regulators busy until we’re cooked. Instead of endlessly debating every coal train and oil pipeline and sustainable energy subsidy, let’s put a carbon tax on the table. A revenue-neutral…More
How climate change could have factored more prominently It was heartening to hear the president of the United States declare forcefully that climate change is real and a pressing moral responsibility [“Obama vows to bypass gridlock,” Nation & World, Jan. 28]. It was encouraging to hear him advocate an end to oil company subsidies, greater…More
Ann McFeatters incorrectly attributes blame for the real and devastating effects of climate change to “depleting the Earth’s delicate ozone layer,” a separate global crisis [“Listen up, America; climate change is real,” Opinion, Jan. 11]. Climate change is caused by the build-up of carbon pollution in our atmosphere from fossil fuels. The hole in…More
Politicians, glaciers, and the tortoise and the hare
As The Times reminded us last week, the gradual disappearance of Arctic sea ice is being driven by anthropogenic climate change, which is also contributing to the increased likelihood of wildfires and a host of devastating effects linked to climate change [“Report links extreme weather, melting of Arctic sea,” News, Dec. 13].
Meanwhile, back home in Washington, it seems as if glaciers are moving faster than our politicians as our state’s climate panel led by Gov. Jay Inslee has been unable to progress on implementing climate policy. The process to develop legislation to deal with climate change, which began five years ago, has come to a deadlock as Republicans refuse to take on policy citing cilmate change’s potential impacts on the economy.
Future generations require our action now
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.”
It is necessary to cut carbon pollution If I read once more that it’s impossible to attribute single weather events to climate change following a natural disaster of unprecedented scale, I may scream (or cry) [“Experts: Humans also to blame for tragedy,” News, Nov. 12]. This article actually did better than most in discussing the role…More
It is time to act I am a statistician. I remember the old so-called “uncertainty” about whether smoking causes cancer. There was good science and clear statistical evidence for the harm, but tobacco companies and a few hired scientists managed to delay action by spreading doubt, and people kept dying [“Obama signs order on response to…More
Social safety net won’t last forever Our nation faces many threats to its future. One of them is climate change [“Can sea life adapt to souring oceans? page one, Nov. 3]. A huge, whopping carbon tax is probably the only feasible way for the government to influence the market and bring about a change in behavior…More
West coast at the forefront of strategic alignment to combat climate change and promote clean energy Great move by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, California Gov. Jerry Brown, and B.C. Premier Christy Clark in signing a joint climate change accord that will cover the length of the North American west coast. Let’s hope the…More