Regarding “The high price of climate change” (Page B3, Wednesday), whatever the cause of extreme weather, the costs cannot be denied. Beyond financial figures are the social and environmental costs of human life and livelihood. To face this, the U.S. needs a new approach.
For inspiration, the U.S. should look to the Asia-Pacific. The idea that short-term and short-sighted economic development is not worth the social and environmental costs has gained wider recognition in recent years. There’s even the case of Taiwan, not a United Nations member, adopting the UN emissions standards and promoting sustainable development. Why this focus?
Because we’re living in an economically integrated world and prosperity is a powerful ally of peace. Investing in green energy and sustainable development, at home and abroad, is a way to lower the high price of climate change while increasing security and economic vitality for people in the U.S. and the world over. Kristyana Birmingham, Houston