To be part of solution
I was very pleased to read the guest column, “Weather or not,” by Shelley Buonaiuto in the Jan. 6 Voices section. It was a combination of actual facts, also known as “truths,” genuine solutions and passion.
As someone who worked for an oil and gas exploration firm in the ’70s, I can attest that they knew very well that the earth was warming due to the burning of fossil fuels and that such warmth would influence weather patterns and sea levels for generations to come—if we survived it. They were following the model of tobacco companies who denied, denied and denied the addictive and dangerous nature of their products, including lying to Congress. Today, it seems they are buying Congress.
The carbon fee and dividend plan is so logical and consumer-friendly we can’t ignore it as a positive initiative. It is a great way for us to find a way out of the hole we have dug for ourselves and our progeny. It is also a great example that proves the maxim: If you are not part of the solution, you are definitely part of the problem.
I believe a climate-denying president-elect and his dangerous choices for cabinet heads (State) and department heads (EPA) put our species at horrific risk. For our own, our children’s, our grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s future, we need to steel ourselves to the fact that planet earth is the only home we will ever, ever, ever know. Talk about pro-life!
LINDA A. FARRELL