Lower greenhouse gas to guard against extreme weather events

11/15/2013 11:10 AM

11/15/2013 10:32 AM

Re "Your old shoes are worth little to storm victims" (Viewpoints, Nov. 12): While it is never possible to say how much of any specific storm is due to climate change, we know oceans are warming, enabling more superstorms to occur. Typhoon Haiyan is the most recent, horrifying example. We can respond efficiently by sending money, not shoes, to Hiayan's victims. But we in America must do more. We can reduce the numbers of victims of future extreme weather events by encouraging Congress to enact legislation to move away from fuels with high greenhouse gas emissions. When the United States acts to reduce our carbon dioxide output, other nations will be economically able to follow. A carbon tax with all revenue returned to households is an important first step. Toward that end,the House Ways and Means Committee needs to convene hearings on possible solutions to climate change.

-- Elisabeth M Robbins, Woodland

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