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Letter: Climate action

January 18, 2013

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To the editor:

The lead article in Friday’s Lawrence Journal-World lets us know that all but one Kansas county were declared disaster areas due to the extreme drought this past year. This week we also learned that 2012 was the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous US, with a 55.3 degree average demolishing the previous record, set in 1998, by a full degree Fahrenheit.

How much evidence do we need that it’s time to address climate change? The longer we wait, the more painful the consequences.

The good news is we can take decisive action now! Dr. James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, suggests implementing carbon fee and dividend legislation. This solution would place a fee on carbon at its source and then distribute the collected funds back to the American people on an equitable basis. Seventy percent of households would actually receive more in their monthly bonus check than they would pay for the increased cost of energy.

Besides being nonregressive, this revenue-neutral tax should be appealing to Republicans since it does not increase the size of government. Hopefully Sens. Moran and Roberts and Rep. Jenkins will lead Kansas and the country to an effective solution to this looming crisis.

With this legislation we could become a world leader in the green industry and also ensure that we have pristine air and water for generations to come. America is a can-do nation. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get this job done for this and future generations!

Comments

gr 1 year, 2 months ago

"It uses government to collect and distribute the tax, something it is very good at, "

Ha ha ha!

Ha ha ha ha ha !

Collect..... yes....kind of....

Ha ha ha.

Need I say more?

Sooooo funny!

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 3 months ago

Besides being nonregressive, this revenue-neutral tax should be appealing to Republicans since it does not increase the size of government.

---and if we say the sun rises in the west, then look it rises in the west, too!

it does dramatically increase the reach and size of government! no thanks.

furthermore, the earth has been warmer than this in the past, several hundred years ago. plus, there is no good data indicating that manmade sources impact global temperature, the NASA "scientist" cited in the LTE has jiggered data himself. normally the left cheers whistleblowers, except when they come from East Anglia and show that the global warming researchers blew up their own data.

global warming is simply the latest anticapitalist belief system of the left. it, by the way, has no clothes, as exemplified by AlGore selling his network out for 100Million petrodollars to terrorist TV. lol!
AlGore's own film was found to have a dozen factual deceptions.

"the greatest hoax." appropriately named in a recent book by an Oklahoma Senator.

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lunacydetector 1 year, 3 months ago

every meteorologist i've met says global warming is a farce

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Armstrong 1 year, 3 months ago

Lynate, may I suggest holding our commander in chief accounable. If you have noticed he has done nothing about global warming his last term

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gr 1 year, 3 months ago

"How much evidence do we need that it’s time to address climate change? "

Haven't we been addressing it? How has what we've done so far worked out? Is it having any affect? How will you, Lynate Pettengill, know it's not having any affect? When we pass the tipping point, if not already, of the point of no return of our grandchildren getting out of trillions of dollars of debt? Will there even be a country left that's not owned by some other country?

"With this legislation we could become a world leader in the green industry and also ensure that we have pristine air and water for generations to come."

Didn't follow what climate change had to do with pristine air and water. But the debt is for generations to come. If our country survives takeover.

Let’s roll up our sleeves and just say no to nonsense taxation of our grandchildren!

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Liberty275 1 year, 3 months ago

"How much evidence do we need that it’s time to address climate change?"

Tell me what the correct temperature is supposed to be and I'll help you get there.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 3 months ago

Why meteorology?

What does that necessarily have to do with climate change/global warming?

Is meteorology a source of global warming? Like fossil burning vehicles, coal fired plants and drilling for oil?

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lunacydetector 1 year, 3 months ago

James Hansen - He obtained a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics with highest distinction in 1963, an M.S. in Astronomy in 1965 and a Ph.D. in Physics, in 1967, all three degrees from the University of Iowa. He participated in the NASA graduate traineeship from 1962 to 1966 and, at the same time, between 1965 and 1966, he was a visiting student at the Institute of Astrophysics at the University of Kyoto and in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Tokyo.

You'd think he'd also need to have a background in meteorology, to be an expert, but nope.

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Les Blevins 1 year, 3 months ago

What the world needs is for clean Tri-Generation to be made affordable at any scale so that cities, large and small, and counties and communities can all be affordably supplied with the clean energy needed to supply electrric power to local distribution grids during peak demand times and advanced biofuels supplied as needed during off-peak demand times.

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Les Blevins 1 year, 3 months ago

I agree 100% with Ms. Pettengill's position, and the evidence of global warming continues to mount around the world, but 104 of Kansas' 105 counties being declared disaster areas is not likely to shake Republicans loose on global warming and climate change since this would not please the Koch brothers and other fossil fuel interests.

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grammaddy 1 year, 3 months ago

"Hopefully,Sens. Moran and Roberts and Rep. Jenkins will lead Kansas and the country to an effective solution to this looming crisis."....... Somebody's got jokes this morning.

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