Thursday, February 23, 2017

Devin Carroll - February 23, 2017 - Conservatives address climate change with cash

Conservatives address climate change with cash

February 23, 2017

Republicans seek market solutions to our problems. They now have a conservative plan to slow emissions of carbon dioxide, which causes climate warming.

The Climate Leadership Council just released “The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends.” Each family receives a dividend of thousands of dollars annually. The money comes from taxes on carbon fuels.
But regulations on these fuels would be rolled back, to let the market work its magic.

Current regulations require auto companies to average 54.5 mpg by 2025.

With a carbon tax, one company might focus on larger vehicles, improving mileage but not meeting the old government standard. Another company could focus on electrics and hybrids and beat the standard.

The entire market would be pushed toward fuel savings, with businesses free to chart their own strategies.

Americans will conserve to help their budgets, and to contribute patriotically to the public good. Inventors and entrepreneurs will flourish by producing new technologies. The American economy will grow because green energy creates more jobs than fossil fuels.

All of the CLC leaders are conservative Republicans. Please encourage your congressional representatives to look at this plan.

Devin Carroll, Fresno

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Vicki Hellenas - February 1, 2017 - Frenzied president: Slow down, talk less and listen more.

 Frenzied president: Slow down, talk less and listen more.
 February 1, 2017
The flurry of action in the government ending the first week of President Trump’s reign is worrisome. So far, much of the White House directive has not seemed well thought out or supportive of the enlightened and humane trend we are used to in addressing social injustice, human rights, climate and other problems, at home or abroad.

At times, it has appeared our new president sits at his desk and brandishes his pen like a corporate CEO. America is not a business enterprise. Just one hotbed issue, such as remaking energy policy along low-carbon lines, or establishing new guidelines to vet incoming immigrants, could feasibly consume months of planning and development.

Now, abruptly it seems, we have life-changing directives being fired off after less than two weeks in office. What is fueling this frenetic activity coming out of the White House? Trump’s senior advisers seem unable to slow him down. Or perhaps, the leadership around the leader hasn’t noticed that the chaos and protests across the country are growing louder?

Trump works for America now. He is no longer a CEO in the corporate mold. He needs to slow down, talk less, and listen more.

Vicki Hellenas, Fresno

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Ruth Afifi - January 21, 2017 - Combating climate change is good for economy

Combating climate change is good for economy

Jim Patterson, my Republican Assemblyman, opposes any spending on what he calls Gov. Jerry Brown’s “climate change gamble.” In an email to constituents Jan. 10, Patterson says that climate change is just a theory, and efforts to reduce carbon emissions have “huge consequences to freedom, opportunity, prosperity and job creation, the cost-of-living and economic upward mobility.”
Patterson seems unaware that the U.S. economy grew by 10 percent between 2008 and 2015 while carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector fell by 9.5 percent. Obviously, combating climate change has not led to lower growth or a lower standard of living.
Patterson also seems unaware that twice as many Americans have jobs related to clean energy compared to the 1.1 million Americans who are producing fossil fuels and generating electric power with them.
Not all Republicans share Patterson’s disdain for reducing carbon emissions and moving away from fossil fuels. In 2006, Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the California Global Warming Solutions Act (Assembly Bill 32) and several Republicans have joined the bipartisan congressional Climate Solutions Caucus. Patterson should reconsider his views on climate change and what we can do about it.
Ruth Afifi, Fresno
January 21, 2017


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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Don Gaede & Alexander Sherriffs - January 10, 2017 - Bird captures impact of climate change on public health

Bird captures impact of climate change on public health 

January 10, 2017

Hats off to Dr. Ken Bird, Fresno County’s Public Health Officer, for highlighting the importance of climate change in last month’s online newsletter To Your Health. This outstanding series has previously shed light on important public health issues like the nationwide opioid epidemic, hepatitis C, and the insufficient numbers of health care providers in our Valley.
In his December article, Dr. Bird writes, “We in Fresno County and the Valley cannot afford to ignore climate change and its health consequences . . . We are very much more at risk (from climate change) due to the bowl-like topography of our environment, the tenuous nature of our water supply, and our economic dependence upon agriculture.”
Dr. Bird’s call to action echoes that of several other health organizations: the American Public Health Association declared 2017 to be “The Year of Climate Change and Health,” and the American College of Physicians recently issued a call for physicians to “help combat climate change by advocating for effective climate change adaptation and mitigation policies.” Our Fresno-Madera Medical Society and the California Medical Association endorsed similar policies this past year.

Thank you, Dr. Bird, for keeping us informed about these timely topics.

Don Gaede, M.D., and Alexander Sherriffs, M.D., Fresno

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Don Gaede, M.D., and Alexander Sherriffs, M.D., Fresno

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Bruce Ratcliff - January 6, 2017 - Shake-up call: We aren’t helpless against climate change

Shake-up call: We aren’t helpless against climate change 

 January 6, 2017

One hopes our recent earthquake will serve as a shake-up call to those who believe we humans are in charge of the planet. Everything from the pyramids to the interstate highway system shows we’re the top dog around here, right? But no. Mother Nature is in the driver’s seat.
Though we can prepare for nature’s disasters like earthquakes, we can’t stop them – just like climate change, right? But no. Recent extreme weather events – record rainfalls, hurricanes, droughts; global temperatures rising, cannot be blamed on Mother Nature. We’re in the driver’s seat (literally) for this one.
Fortunately, we humans can slow, even stop climate change. A sensible plan to do just that has been proposed by Citizens’ Climate Lobby: a slowly increasing fee on fossil fuels, all returned to the public, that uses a free-market solution to get citizens to cut their fossil fuels consumption voluntarily.
One morning back in 1957, I was caught exactly half way between my friend’s house and mine during the worst earthquake since the 1906 San Francisco temblor. I froze, helpless, paralyzed by fear. We needn’t feel helpless – or hopeless – about climate change. We caused it; we can cure it.

Bruce Ratcliffe, Fresno

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Twyla Smith December 18, 2016 Congress’ bipartisan work on water sets good example for climate change

Congress’ bipartisan work on water sets good example for climate change

 December 18, 2016 11:50 AM

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Vicki Hellenas- December 2, 2016 -I’m hopeful Trump’s flip-flopping favors climate change

I’m hopeful Trump’s flip-flopping favors climate change

With indications that the new administration plans to dismantle the Paris climate agreement, an accord that was 20 years in the making, many of us are hoping the president-elect will come to understand that backing off from this agreement is not in the best interest of our country for many reasons, including those of economic and political persuasion. 

Our country would not only slip in leadership stature in the eyes of the world; we would also be letting down our next generation. For once, I’m hoping that with Trump’s evident ambivalence and flip-flopping, the climate change coin lands “heads up.” Because turning tails on this issue is not an option.

Vicki Hellenas
December 2, 2016

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