Tai­wan’s vi­sion

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - OUTLOOK -

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

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