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Letter: Support Pope Francis on climate change encyclical

Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology, a formal letter by the pope on important moral matters, was recently released. He states “climate change is a global problem with grave implications. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. A number of scientific studies indicate that most global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases released mainly as a result of human activity.” The people who will suffer the most are the least responsible for this: the poor and future generations.

“We can see signs that things are now reaching a breaking point, due to the rapid pace of change and degradation; these are evident in large-scale natural disasters. There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission(s) can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy.” Doing nothing while there is still time, and when there are feasible solutions, is immoral. The carbon fee and dividend solution has social and environmental benefits.

You can do something. When the pope visits Congress in September, ask Rep. Dan Newhouse to support him by recommending the CF&D plan.

Lora Rathbone

Richland

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