Letters to the Editor

JOHN TUEPKER: Demand a solution for climate change

Several recent articles in the Sun Herald have focused on climate change.

Especially important was the report that 2015 was the warmest year on record, as was 2014 and 11 of the last 15 years. This should tell us something.

Also, over the last 17 years, the temperature of the world's oceans have increased by three-tenths of a degree. Despite the attempt to "juice it up" by comparing the energy absorbed by the oceans to an atomic bomb going off every second for many years, the increase is certainly important, though less exciting.

Not appearing in the paper, however, was a report from the World Economic Summit being held in Davos, Switzerland, where the world's richest and most powerful corporate executives gather every year. In a survey of 1,400 of these executives, only 50 percent were concerned about climate change. Climate change ranked 10th, way behind taxes, regulations, currency exchange rates and social unrest.

We are not going to make much progress on innovative ways to address the problem until these giant, multinational companies start to look further into the future than the next quarterly stock report.

Carbon Fee and Dividend -- a hefty fee on companies releasing carbon dioxide with the resulting dividend from that fee used to help American households meet the higher costs -- is a reasonable solution to the threat of climate change. It uses the market to help us turn away from fossil fuels and to more sustainable energy, like wind and solar.

But don't count on companies imposing it on themselves. The people must demand it, and government must follow the will of the people.


Long Beach