Support science and action to address climate change

The scientists have done their part.

In 2018 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a report that addresses global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius. Also in 2018 scientists published Volume II of the Fourth National Climate Assessment: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States. And for those of us living in coastal Washington including Puget Sound, we were provided a more personalized report by the Coastal Impacts Group: Projected Sea Level Rise for Washington State: A 2018 Assessment.

The officials have done their part.

At the federal level legislation has been submitted that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions 90 percent by 2050; add 2.1 million new jobs in ten years; and which will leave most families with more income. This legislation was recently introduced by Republicans and Democrats and is entitled: Energy Innovation And Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 (HR 763).

It’s time for the rest of us to do our part. We should support the science and support the legislation (HR 763) that will substantially remedy the problem of climate change.

Steve Rothboeck

Oak Harbor

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