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Move beyond fossil fuels

On Dec. 30, “Meet the Press” dedicated their entire program to addressing climate change, prefacing the program stating “We’re not going to debate climate change, the existence of it. The Earth is getting hotter. And human activity is a major cause, period. We’re not going to give time to climate deniers. The science is settled, even if political opinion is not.”

Fossil fuel companies spent millions understanding the dangers of burning fossil fuels, then lied to us - creating doubt about global warming and what’s causing it, to maximize their profits.

Now, New York state is suing Exxon, Rhode Island is suing Chevron, Baltimore is suing BP, and crab fishermen are suing 30 different fossil fuel companies.

Our dependence on fossil fuels has us on a course of self-destruction. The IPCC is calling for a 45 percent reduction of emissions by 2030, and for emissions to be net zero by 2050. To incentivize us to change course the IPCC is recommending a $200 per ton carbon tax by 2030 and a $27,000 per ton tax by 2100.

The time has come to quickly begin changing course and wean ourselves from fossil fuels.

Del Nord

Spokane Valley

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