Letter: Reducing greenhouse gas

July 9, 2014 

We applaud the Herald editorial, "Water storage projects still vital for Mid Columbia," specifically: "Our climate is changing, and we can no longer count on winter snowfall to see us through the summer."

According to the government's National Climate Assessment, the Yakima River's natural surface water availability during the already dry late-summer period is projected to decrease 50 percent by 2050. The number of years with insufficient irrigation water increases from 1-in-7 to 2-in-3 by 2080.

Reducing our vulnerability and avoiding conflicts among water uses -- from irrigation to aquatic species habitat -- necessitates reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that destabilize our climate.

Citizens' Climate Lobby's fee and dividend legislative proposal (www.CitizensClimateLobby.org) puts a steadily rising fee on the carbon-dioxide content of fossil fuels, returning the money back to households. This unleashes the power of the marketplace to develop and bring to scale clean energy sources and modes of transportation, transitioning us to a new energy economy, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions 52 percent by 2035.

A new economic study (www.bit.ly/SLW4Dv) shows this would also add jobs, grow the economy and reduce fossil fuel emissions' damaging health effects.

Please ask your U.S. representative to enact it!

ALEXANDRA AMONETTE, Richland

BART PREECS, Walla Walla

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