We need a climate ‘ traffic light’
Like most people, I’m absolutely heartbroken by the images of destruction in Houston and parts of the Caribbean and Florida caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and I can’t help but see a connection between these storms and the fact that our climate is changing. The government’s top priority should of course be to aid the victims, and then, once their needs are met, it’s high time to address our warming planet.
As your editorial, “The horror and heroism in Houston,” pointed out, the Hampton Roads area could be easily impacted by a future storm.
When we notice that there are a number of auto accidents at a particular intersection, we call on our local officials to add traffic signs or lights to prevent more people from being injured or killed there. Similarly, now that we’re seeing hurricanes that keep increasing in both intensity and frequency, we must demand that our lawmakers take action to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions that are causing sea levels to rise and surface temperatures to increase, making for more extreme weather events.
I believe that the “traffic light” we need is a carbon fee-and-dividend policy that would place a steadily rising fee on fossil fuels at the source, and then return the revenue to American households on a monthly basis. It would have bipartisan appeal and benefit the economy, the people, and the planet.
MOLLEE SULLIVAN. MIDLOTHIAN.