Climate change is real

Link to Bakersfield Californian page

Jan Freed
Los Angeles
Jan. 3, 2018

Ms. White, the president’s nominee for economic advisor, is simply a climate change denier, with colorful, bizarre talking points. Ms. White, I am neither a communist nor a pagan. I have the humility to respect the conclusions of every scientific academy in the world (NASA has a list of 200). Do I call you a Nazi because you cling to these bizarre notions? No, that would be rude.

Climate change is fact based on evidence, not opinion. We have seen the predictions of scientists come to pass. Forest fires burn 7-10 times the areas as before. Heat waves occur 5 times more often. Sea level rise is accelerating. Record floods. Diseases are migrating.

Nearly 1.5 trillion tons of man’s carbon emissions are clearly the cause; all other ‘natural causes’ have been ruled out. Ms. White, what is your explanation? The sun? Earth’s orbits? Volcanoes? Nope.

By turning her back on the crisis she (and Mr. Trump) are complicit in the climate change deaths of hundreds of thousands per year 88 percent of them children (World Health Organization). It borders on criminal negligence.


Greening California

Daniel Brotman
Pasadena Star News: 12/3/17

Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, says he’s an environmental champion, but on his vote against Senate Bill 100, which would have increased clean energy, he let California down. The era of fossil-fuel electricity is over. Utilities would have reevaluated investment plans. Legislators prioritized big money over climate.


Dangers to democracy

Jan Freed
Eagle Rock

Thank you, Ms. Ellis, for your eloquent  description of the deep dangers to our democracy, not just from Donald Trump, but from those who all but worship him, no matter the consequences. Your thoughts rang true.

Trump’s dismantling of climate protections also should not be ignored.  We might survive a cruel despot or two, but we simply cannot survive the consequences of this willful, continuous mendacity.

We know the impacts of 1.5-degree Fahrenheit global increase.  With carbon unchecked, our greatest scientific minds warn we are headed for the insanity of four times that.

Trump’s followers did not bargain for that.


Clean energy no longer a drag on our economy

Dick Smith

Dear Editor: Cap Times columnist Spencer Black isn’t the only one who’s noticed the dramatic increase in climate-related damage from extreme fire and rain. The number of Americans “very worried” about climate change has doubled to a record 22 percent since 2015, largely due to more extreme events.

Black is also right that doing nothing about climate change would be very expensive — citing $200 billion in hurricane-recovery costs in Texas alone.

I only wish Black had asked a different closing question. Citing Texas, he asks if we “still think limiting climate change is too expensive.” It implies that rapidly transitioning to clean energy would also be an expensive drag on our economy. That assumption is a relic of late-20th century economics. It’s no longer true. Worse, it’s slowing political progress.

Put simply, we don’t have to sacrifice our economy to save our climate.

There are smart ways and dumb ways to cut CO2 emissions. One very smart way is a federal carbon-fee-and-dividend idea proposed by Citizens’ Climate Lobby and endorsed in a January 2016 Cap Times editorial.

CCL’s proposal would cut CO2 emissions in half in just 20 years. And, as we transition to clean energy, it would also grow jobs, grow GDP, assure a level playing field for American businesses at home and abroad (without treaties) and protect the overwhelming majority of low-income and middle-income families from any net financial loss due to rising gas and electricity costs, or from rising energy costs embedded in our consumer goods.

Reader’s View: Carbon-fee plan could blunt warming

Duluth News Tribune 11/28/17
Jordan Sollitto
Los Angeles

This is in response to the Nov. 21 Local View column in the News Tribune, headlined, “Urge the momentum that’s building for carbon pricing.”

A carbon-fee-and-dividend plan would be, by far, the broadest, most market-driven measure we could implement to combat climate change. The fee would level the playing field for renewable-energy sources that have had to compete with fossil fuels priced artificially low, as the true societal cost of their extraction and use never has been levied. The dividend — returning all revenues from the fee directly to all citizens via monthly rebate checks — would stimulate the economy and offset any rise in the consumer price index resulting from the fee.

There’s no silver bullet for global warming, but carbon fee and dividend offers the best chance to blunt its effects going forward.

Selected Online Resources
The Carbon Tax Center
National Academies of Science
Skeptical Science
James Hansen’s web site
Climate Central
IPCC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
National Geographic
NASA’s climate site
UK Meteorologic Office (climate change)

NOTE: Much climate change information has been removed from governmental agency websites by the Trump administration (Environmental Protection Agency, National Institutes of Health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,etc.). The website Internet Archive has rescued some of these deleted pages, including the EPA’s basic climate change information, which can be viewed here:

Thanks to Bob Brummel for helping with the list

Favorite Books (2017)

(in order of publication date, most recent at top)

 Author Title Notes
Goodell, Jeff The Water Will Come sea level rise is inevitable and will be costly
Kalmus, Peter Being the Change a climate scientist decarbonizes his lifestyle
Hawken, Paul (editor) Drawdown comprehensive plan to reverse global warming
Heinberg, Richard Our Renewable Future pros & cons of renewable energy
  The End of Growth can’t grow forever – what comes next?
Rockstrom, J. & M. Klum Big World Small Planet living within planetary boundaries
Klein, Naomi This Changes Everything: Capitalism v. the Climate a Klein classic: consequences of our economics
Hover, Craig A World to Come Home To layman’s guide to global warming & how to end it
Hsu, Shi-ling The Case for a Carbon Tax pros & cons of a carbon tax, from an economist
Kolbert, Elizabeth The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History so much of life on Earth is threatened by GW
McKibben, Bill Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet a McKibben classic
Leonard, Annie The Story of Stuff where is ‘away’ when we toss out things?
Oreskes,N. & E.M. Conway Merchants of Doubt how special interests have obscured truth
MacKay, David JC Sustainable Energy — without the hot air UK-centric. Carbon footprint calcs for a nation.