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.

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