Thursday, December 4, 2014

Connie Young 11-8-2014 - Focus on climate change

Focus on climate change

Congratulations to Congressman Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, on his re-election.

As his constituent, I ask that he now turn his attention to addressing the serious risks posed by climate change. Scientific studies, reported in The Bee on Nov. 1 and 3, predict a significant future reduction in California's snow pack, and temperatures that may make it dangerous for people to go outside. Fresno does not need more drought or heat!

Reasonable people understand and confront risk. We wear seat belts because scientists warned us of the risk of injury from not being restrained during a car crash. Most of us have health insurance because of the potential risk of illness, and property insurance because of the risk of damage to our businesses and homes.

With the election over, now it is time for our politicians to set aside their differences and confront the risks of climate change. One possible solution is to put a price on carbon pollution, with all proceeds going to U.S. households. A recent study has shown that this approach will reduce emissions, save lives, create jobs and grow the economy.

Having won our votes, now it's time for our elected officials to earn them.  

Connie Young Fresno

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