Regarding the guest column about finding an answer to future water supply (TCH, July 19), thank you, Andy Purdue, for this article and to the Badger Forum for discussing it.
All our efforts to adapt (building more reservoirs, xeriscaping, and watering efficiently, et cetera) will be in vain if we don’t also stabilize the climate to which agriculture, fisheries, and our way of life are adapted. It may take 30-60 years to do so, comparable to the lead time for new reservoir projects.
If we were to enact the national Carbon Fee and Dividend (CFD), we’d start to reverse the warming of our planet that causes the loss of snowpack and glaciers that feed our rivers.
If you put a higher price on something you don’t want, market forces will reduce its usage. The CFD makes us winners because of the monthly dividend checks and the millions of jobs that it will create while we make the gradual transition off of fossil fuels over a 50-year time-frame.
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I urge city governments, county officials, and voters who live and work in the Tri-Cities to tell our elected representatives in DC: we want action on climate change and enact the CFD!