Acceptance of the science behind climate change is neither a conservative nor a liberal value; it's just living in the real world and facing up to the risks.
Former Secretary of State George Shultz says, " ... In the mid-1980s, there were a lot of scientists who thought the ozone layer was depleting. There were doubters.
Everyone agreed that if it happened it would be a catastrophe. So Ronald Reagan said, 'Why don't we take out an insurance policy?'... The problem is the climate is warming, everybody knows that. All you have to do is, never mind the science and all that, just look up north at the Arctic."
One response to risk is government regulation. An alternative makes carbon-based fuels accountable for their true costs.
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The good news is that the market-based solution proposed by Citizens' Climate Lobby for reducing carbon emissions will actually be good for our economy. A recent study found that a steadily rising fee on the CO2 content of fossil fuels, with revenue from the fee returned to households, will actually add 2.8 million jobs to the economy over 20 years while reducing emissions 50 percent.
Minimize risk and create jobs. We all benefit from this climate-change insurance policy.
ALEXANDRA AMONETTE, Richland