Will we act on climate change?

05/07/2014 4:05 PM

05/08/2014 6:50 PM

Re "Report says climate change is here" (Page A1, May 7): Yes, the effects of climate change have begun. The question now is will we take action to keep climate change damage from escalating to extreme levels?

Human-caused carbon dioxide emissions remain in the atmosphere and heat our planet for 100 years. These emissions are building up, and we cannot wait another decade to act.

The idea that it will be too damaging to the economy has been debunked. The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report says if we act soon to implement a price on carbon, it would slow annual economic growth by only 0.06 percent, not counting all the money that would be saved from benefits like better human health, better air quality, few species extinctions, etc.

The longer we wait ,the more expensive it will be. Whether your concern is people, money or other species, we cannot afford to wait.

-- William Becker, Gold River

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