Melting glaciers show need for carbon tax

05/14/2014 10:05 AM

05/14/2014 9:08 AM

Re "Studies: Glacier collapse coming" (Page A1, May 13) Two studies have concluded that an irreversible collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheets is taking place. These studies follow major reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Climate Assessment, both of which document the rising seas and increased flooding that are the result of the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. These problems will now be further exacerbated by the melting of the West Antarctic ice sheets.

How will this impact California? Millions of our citizens live along the coast. Billions of dollars of personal property and infrastructure are located in coastal communities. The coastline helps support our tourism, recreation, seafood and energy industries. All of this is now at risk.

This is why we must pursue solutions like a revenue neutral carbon tax. Time is not on our side. -- Harold Ferber, Elk Grove

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