Florida’s on front line of climate change


Thanks for the April 14 editorial, Climate change has arrived. Certainly Florida’s coastal residents will be on the front lines when climate change really manifests itself. Local mitigation efforts are important, but they will be useless without a drastic change in our national energy policy. The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports make it clear we need to dramatically cut carbon-dioxide emissions in the next 15 years to avoid catastrophic climate change that will overwhelm any efforts to hold back the sea or prevents megadroughts, super-storms, massive flooding, killer heat waves and crop failures.

Eight Nobel Prize-winning economists and the Harvard economist who is a co-author of the latest IPCC report advocate a consumer-friendly carbon tax to transition efficiently to clean energy without economic pain. As they scale up, solar and wind will get cheaper. See The Citizens Climate Lobby website for details and get involved — or at least write Congress.

Lynn Goldfarb, Lancaster, Pa.

Read more Letters to the Editor stories from the Miami Herald

  • Lessons from China

    Kudos to my congresswoman, U.S. Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Sen. Marco Rubio for sending their staffers to China. This should help open their eyes (and the eyes of their staffers) to what a real and effective policy toward Cuba should look like.

  • Corruption at corrections

    Randall Jordan-Amparo’s death in the hands of a system of a callous, corrupt crew in Florida’s corrections system is outrageous and unacceptable. I thank the Miami Herald for illuminating this travesty of justice.

  • FIU expansion has benefits

    Through the years, I have enjoyed the Youth Fair with my family. I have also been delighted at how much Florida International University has grown and flourished.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category