The weather is chang­ing, every­one do some­thing


USA TO­DAY’s editorial “Long, hot, soggy

sum­mer” ac­knowl­edges the sci­en­tific con­sen­sus on the need to quickly and sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce emis­sions of green­house gases. For­mer sec­re­tary of State Ge­orge Shultz pro­posed a mar­ket-based al­ter­na­tive to deal with car­bon emis­sions — a car­bon fee and div­i­dend. Levy a steadily ris­ing fee on car­bon pro­duc­ers and re­fund the money to Amer­i­can house­holds. This sends a clear mar­ket sig­nal that car­bon in­ten­sive prod­ucts will be more ex­pen­sive in the fu­ture, so it shifts in­vest­ment to­ward re­new­able al­ter­na­tives. Be­cause all the rev­enue from the fee goes back to Amer­i­cans, govern­ment doesn’t grow. And ac­cord­ing to eco­nomic mod­el­ing stud­ies, the stim­u­lus from the div­i­dend grows the econ­omy and re­duces the U.S. cli­mate foot­print. Search for “CCL car­bon fee and div­i­dend” for de­tails. Tom Probasco In­di­anapo­lis

I ob­ject to “To­day’s weather is hardly

unique” op­pos­ing view in USA TO­DAY be­cause it gives the im­pres­sion that the topic is de­bat­able. Cli­mate change is a mat­ter for sci­en­tific anal­y­sis. Although some would pre­fer to make it a po­lit­i­cal is­sue, the over­whelm­ing sci­en­tific con­sen­sus is that cli­mate change is real and is caused fun­da­men­tally (if not ex­clu­sively) by hu­man ac­tiv­ity. It’s not a mat­ter of opin­ion or an is­sue for de­bate — un­less you want to de­bate the rate of change. John Lehrer Ap­ple Val­ley, Calif. YOUTOON CON­TEST FACE­BOOK.COM/USATODAYOP­INION

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Tracy Wei­d­ner of Bev­erly Hills! She’s the win­ner of Au­gust’s YouToon Cap­tion Con­test! Wei­d­ner will re­ceive a copy of the car­toon signed by the artist and val­ued at $250! MIKE SMITH AND TRACY WEI­D­NER

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