Climate change: It's a clear danger to all

Posted 12/9/18

To The Editor:On Oct. 8, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, released its report on the effects of climate change and made recommendations to preserve a healthy …

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Climate change: It's a clear danger to all

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To The Editor:

On Oct. 8, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, released its report on the effects of climate change and made recommendations to preserve a healthy planet. The report makes it clear that we have a little over a decade to reduce our carbon emissions.

When I look at the headlines, economic stress caused by climate change is written clearly between the lines. California wildfires destroy lives and property at a cost of $773 million this year. Georgia lawmakers approve a $500 million aid package for farmers whose crops were damaged by Hurricane Michael.

Our inaction on climate change will start to cost an awful lot unless we act to conserve our climate immediately. In fact, the White House just released the Fourth National Climate assessment, which shows the dramatic costs of climate change will skyrocket to hundreds of billions of dollars, sending shock waves through the economy.  

Fortunately for us, this scenario is not an inevitable future.  There is a bipartisan bill called the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend bill. If enacted, this bill utilizes a market-based solution to put a price on carbon. The proceeds from the fee are returned directly to the American people. This plan will dramatically reduce carbon emissions by 2050, preserving a stable and healthy climate capable of sustaining a stable and healthy economy.

Let's set our minds to the problem of climate change and come together to preserve a healthy climate for a healthy Georgia.

— Sarah Ott

Dalton, Ga.

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