Kissing Paris goodbye, by Nancy Dorado-Curl

Regarding President Trump and the Paris climate accord: It reminds me of me as a child in the backyard. It would be raining outside, but I had made a playhouse from a shipping box, customized with windows, a door and curtains. I imagined it wasn’t raining, and I would sing and play in the soggy box until my mother screamed to get inside because “I would catch my death.”

Trump lives in a childish world of denial and ignorance. Scientific data backs up the relationship between CO2 emissions and climate change. Everybody else gets it. Why not Trump? Admission of error, to see the bigger picture — that makes a man.

For example, Mar-a-Lago is in Florida, the same state as Miami, which is planning to spend $500 million on pumps and elevated streets combating seawater flooding.

The only sane thing to do is to remain in the Paris accord, push for carbon tax and fee dividend and hope to God we can squeak in under the 400 ppm of C02 recommended by scientists, many of whom by now are probably unemployed.

Nancy Dorado-Curl, San Gabriel
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
http://www.sgvtribune.com/opinion/20170602/what-do-statistics-on-violence-hate-crimes-tell-us-letters

The Paris accords: Letter in the Pasadena Star News by Jan Freed

The Paris accords

I enthusiastically applaud Elon Musk and other top business leaders publicly supporting the Paris talks.

We can easily achieve reductions in emissions with a slowly rising price on pollution signed into law. Rebates from the fees would put real money — hundreds of dollars a month — into citizens’ pockets, create millions of jobs and save hundreds of thousands of lives within two decades, say a variety of studies (such as REMI). Economists of all stripes say this conservative solution is the most effective one. See citizensclimatelobby.org for more information.

President Trump is looking for love in all the wrong places. By making Paris even stronger, he would win the respect, admiration and gratitude of hundreds of millions of people, both here and worldwide. This certainty might transcend his loyalty to fossil-fuel interests, who just want to keep us burning the stuff.

— Jan Freed, Eagle Rock

Published at:  http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/opinion/20170522/a-complaint-about-u2s-performance-at-the-rose-bowl-letters

Trump doesn’t know the art of the legislative deal: Letters by Jan Freed and Craig R. Hover

Good act, poor president

Regarding your Question of the Week about how President Trump is doing at 100 days (April 25): Can someone name a piece of legislation Mr. Deal Maker has passed so far? FDR passed 15 bills in his first 100 days. Trump’s PR pen’s flourishes mean only “See, Dear Base, what a dashing, alpha guy I am?” and have little actual effect. Important government positions remain unfilled or filled by unqualified, corporate shills.

His immigration proposals must pass the three-way test: “Is it cruel, is it stupid, is it costly?”

He rattles his sword at North Korea and backs it into an unpredictable position. He unravels the EPA that has saved thousands of lives and $38 billion in net benefits. He brings us closer to the “game over” edge of the climate crisis, in the face of mountains of evidence. He will personally profit from his presidency and please the crocodilian Vladimir Putin. Will a flaccid Congress continue to grin and bear it?

He is a very poor president with a very good act.

​— Jan Freed, Eagle Rock

It’s a survival issue

It’s time to wake up. Global warming is not an economic issue. It is a survival issue.

Your article (May 1) goes on about coastline-related economic impacts 70 years from now. It, like virtually all other such pieces in the mainstream press, completely glosses over the real problem. If global warming is not stopped altogether soon, sea-level rise will be the least of our children’s problems.

In their own lifetime, summertime surface temperatures will be between 125 degrees and 144 degrees Fahrenheit in much of the U.S. and up to 157 degrees elsewhere. This environment will be fatal to 90 percent of the world’s population. To prevent this, we must engage in a World War II level of effort now before it stops us.

— Craig R. Hover, Monrovia

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/opinion/20170501/trump-doesnt-know-the-art-of-the-legislative-deal-letters

 

Opinion. Some advice for disillusioned EPA scientists: ‘Don’t quit, fight’

Letter by Judith Trumbo, La Cañada , Flintridge. Published in the Los Angeles Times, April 11, 2017

To the editor: Thank you for the update on the unsung public servants of the EPA. As a former Los Angeles County urban planner, I know that the professional staff at the EPA is largely motivated by furthering the public interest.

The Trump administration can deny science, but it cannot change the basic chemistry and physics of climate change. We need the work of the EPA to continue, and we need a market solution as well: a fee on carbon emissions.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-epa-scientists-morale-20170411-story.html

EPA vs. the environment under a new secretary

By Jan Freed, Eagle Rock. Published in the Pasadena Star-News on 3/24/17

Scott Pruitt, the new head of the EPA, is not a homicidal maniac. But, like George W. Bush and the captain of the Titanic, his blithe dismissal of timely warnings will kill far more than would a busload of homicidal maniacs who kill directly.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center reports record low Arctic ice: “Vanishing Arctic sea ice is troubling sign that we’re running out of time to avert the disastrous consequences of climate change, and effective steps must now be taken to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

A step backward is to purge Energy Star ratings of appliances, one result of new EPA budget cuts. A step forward is to encourage clean energy jobs and low emissions using a rebated price on carbon, which protects consumers. The conservative Climate Leadership Council and a dozen Nobel laureates strongly support such policies.

Pruitt’s science ignorance is deadly.

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/opinion/20170324/epa-budget-cuts-a-killer-for-environment-letters

 

True energy prosperity

LTE in Pasadena Star News, March 3, 2017

Columnist Susan Shelley is upset that public protests of and divestments from banks that support the Dakota Access Pipeline will drive people to poverty (Feb. 26). Her article is very cheeky and well-written, and I confess I enjoyed reading it. She says cheap energy leads to jobs and more prosperity for all.

However, true prosperity has little to do with making money and growing the economy. Sadly, this is a myth believed by well-meaning people who lack cognitive integration skills and watch Fox News because it makes them feel good. True prosperity is living in joy and freedom on a healthy planet, with all the complexities that entails.

Perhaps Shelley could support the carbon fee and dividend proposal, which provides her economic growth and uses market forces to help rid us of dirty oil.

— Robert Burnham, Pasadena

Moderates, unite! by Nancy Rossi, 12/15/16

I used to think global warming was the greatest threat to America. However, my stance has recently changed. I now consider President-elect Trump and his unqualified cabinet picks to be America’s greatest threat.

Rick Perry, the Department of Energy nominee and a man who denies climate change, has requested a list of DOE employees who have supported renewable energy.

Does he plan on commending them for their accomplishments? I doubt it. Is this the beginning of a pogrom? What a terrifying thought! But how easily that word comes to mind knowing that Trump has myriad business connections in Russia and is an admirer of Vladimir Putin.

The thought of Perry running a department about which he knows nothing and Trump having access to deploying nuclear weapons should be enough to unite moderate Republicans and Democrats as never before. Perhaps together they can put an end to this insanity.

— Nancy Rossi, South Pasadena, Pasadena Star News, Dec. 15, 2016
http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/opinion/20161215/save-your-sympathy-for-executed-killers-victim-letters