Letters: ‘Be part of climate change solution’

Columnist's views opposite to those held by United Nations, etc

Editor, The News:

Re: Voters Guide to Carbon Taxes (B.C. Views, Feb. 8).

At a time when addressing climate change is at its most urgent, Tom Fletcher implies that human-caused climate change is “propaganda.”

His views fly in the face of the overwhelming scientific consensus, as well as many globally esteemed organizations, such as the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank.

We are at a time in history that if we don’t rapidly reduce our carbon emissions, we are committing our children and grandchildren to a world with ever more extreme forest fires, drought, severe weather, sea level rise and ocean acidification.

A refugee crisis of an extent never seen before will happen at a time when our world population peaks. The economic costs will be staggering.

Top economists from around the world tell us that a steadily rising price on carbon emissions is the most effective and least expensive way to reduce our emissions and decarbonize our economy.

Recently, a group of Republican elder statesmen presented a proposal to the White House – The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends – calling for a steadily rising, revenue-neutral carbon tax with the proceeds returned to households.

Gordon Campbell recently endorsed a very similar policy.

Avoiding catastrophic climate change will take a global effort, one that we need to be a part of.

Laura Sacks

Castlegar, B.C.