Peggy Painton, LA Times, 09/19/2014
My friends think I sound like a broken record (they’re old enough to know what that means) because I so often complain that our government is doing little to slow climate change. (“Wildfires are becoming a dangerous, disruptive routine near Yosemite,” Sept. 15)
The Times is filled with the other kinds of broken records: record heat, record drought, record storms — and now, record price tags for fighting wildfires.
Instead of waiting for another disastrous record to fall, our representatives should implement a rising price on carbon emissions that will encourage investment dollars away from carbon-based fuels and toward alternative sources of energy.
If we move fast enough, perhaps we can turn away from global disaster at record-breaking speed.
Peggy Painton, Los Angeles