to the Editor: 2016, 2015, 2014
20162015/12/31 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Consensus, consilience and climate change - by Pete Haug
2016/06/06 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Fee-and-dividend legislation - by Jeffrey B. Ramsey
A reason offered against legislating for CO2 reduction is that people can do this by acting upon their personal understanding and values.…Have people knowingly chosen to cause climate change..? No,…corporations and social leaders suppressed other forms of energy as well as climate-change science….
For the greater good, leaders must act transparently….Reducing human-caused greenhouse gases is now the priority of our era. Please ask for fee-and-dividend legislation advocated by the Citizens' Climate Lobby as a market-friendly way to reduce CO2 and human-caused climate change.
2016/04/28 - Whitman County Gazette - Another perspective - by Pete Haug
The Gazette carried an extensive article liberally quoting three elected representatives from our district... on their opposition to Initiative 732...
Although the article contains many misleading statements, one comment... deserves support: “I think every voter should be educated so they know what they’re voting for.”
2016/04/25 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Send letters to Congress - by Jeffrey B. Ramsey
On April 13, Bill McKibben spoke at WSU about the importance of civic activism. After his talk, my question was how we could get structural changes in society to reduce C02 emissions. His answer: Write your social leaders. I presented a pile of stamped envelopes for people to use to follow Bill's just-given suggestion... As a member of CCL. I am giving these away to those who will commit to...
2016/04/01 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Fever all through the year - by Pete Haug
Rokyta’s Our View was on the mark. The “decades of data” he cites represent a consilience of evidence from myriad scientific fields, all pointing in one direction: global warming drives a changing climate.
When human body temperature, normally 37 degrees Celsius, rises to 38, we have a “fever,” an increase of 2.7 percent. Earth’s average surface temperature has historically been about 14 degrees Celsius. Two degrees more represents an increase of 14.3 percent above “normal.”
2016/03/19 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Our financial incentives - by Greg Brabeck
Thank you for running Ryan's column regarding I-732, the Washington state initiative for a revenue-neutral carbon tax. ...Washington and the rest of the world are already seeing the early effects of climate change on our wild spaces and farmlands. We need to act now to help slow that change.
2016/03/11 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Small wonder - by Pete Haug
Quinn's article of March 5 about the state of science education in Idaho illustrates subjugation of scientific discourse to political agendas. Science teachers can't do their jobs because of public ignorance.
Climate change is an excellent example...
2016/03/10 - The Lewiston Tribune - Follow DiCaprio's lead - by Virginia Lohr
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Academy Award acceptance speech... focused on climate change. He called it “…the most urgent threat facing our entire species." He later added, “…we just have to have the political will.”
2016/02/15 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Serious ramifications - by Pete Haug
Mac Cantrell's Feb. 2 letter, "A matter of degrees," reinforced the importance of accurate facts in dealing with climate change...
Trying to understand the seriousness of a 2 degree increase introduces ramifications that are little understood. A warming climate affects things living and non-living throughout our planet...
2016/01/04 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Climate change insurance for today and tomorrow - by Virginia Lohr
Global warming already affects us. The Daily News recently published two articles about adapting to it in our region...
Arguments for managing risk against climate change are made in "The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax" by Jerry Taylor (from Niskanen Center, a Libertarian think-tank)...
2016/01/03 - The Spokesman-Review - Market-based solution - by Virginia Lohr
Mason’s vision for America’s full energy potential (Dec. 27) included only fossil
fuels... He predicted more jobs and growth, but his simplistic analysis ignored most costs....
There is a better, more comprehensive solution: a carbon tax...
Nearly 200 nations agreed in December to forge an extraordinary commitment in Paris on how they might cooperate to address the fact and ramifications of a changing global climate...
...This convergence of opinions from scientists working independently in related, but disparate, disciplines is better described as "consilience," a concept far stronger than "consensus."
2015/12/08 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - What a shame - by Jeff Ramsey
Shaming people who are trying to make a difference for not meeting fabricated requirements might influence weak-minded people. Labeling people as hypocrites for trying to improve the public good...
2015/12/06 - The Lewiston Tribune - Time
Young people, not yet of voting age, are demanding action on climate change by suing states and the federal government. This fills me with hope....
2015/11/20 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Climate change solution - by Steve Flint
The prospect of addressing climate change can be daunting, and when some climate trends suggest cooling rather than warming, it's natural to wonder if global warming is really happening... If climate is warming, why is sea ice increasing? A reasonable question...2015/11/18 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Risk aversion - by Jeffrey B. Ramsey
To prepare against catastrophic risks, people take action to protect themselves. Long ago people didn't have fire insurance; together they rebuilt burned homes because of their social responsibility...
2015/09/04 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Consensus - by Jeffrey B. Ramsey
Responding to the apparently profound position that the pundits of climate change denial perpetually purport ...
2015/08/30 - The Spokesman-Review - Carbon dividend a solution - by Virginia Lohr
Crooks' opinion, "Smart Bombs: Climate change affects fire season, drought" should be a wake-up call to everyone. He reveals that the changes climate scientists warned us about are happening now....2015/08/26 - The Lewiston Tribune - No time to waste - by Katie Gieske
I commend President Barack Obama for taking historic action on climate change with the Clean Power Plan. However, it is not enough...2015/08/20 - Whitman County Gazette - Carbon fee - by Virginia Lohr
Forgey’s editorial discussed problems in the Pacific Northwest associated with climate change, including extreme drought and reduced fisheries. He called us to action...
2015/08/18 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Far greater benefits - by Al Poplawsky
Rozen (Our View) states that a revenue neutral, carbon fee and dividend plan is a better solution to carbon pollution and global warming than the Obama Clean Power Plan...
2015/05/24 - The Spokesman-Review - Practical solution for CO2 - by Virginia Lohr
Butler’s letter says we must act to save ourselves. How can we act effectively without moving back to a primitive existence? CCL has a practical and achievable solution....
2015/05/11 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Practicing win-win - by Virginia Lohr
Haug’s Town Crier piece points out how competition rather than cooperation can lead to societal problems such as gridlock in government...2015/04/14 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Authority figures - by Jeffrey B. Ramsey
Thank you, Rokyta, for writing about record-breaking warm weather events that do not prove our current human-caused global abrupt climate change, and that weather is not climate...
2015/04/10 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Carbon fee reduces pollution - by Virginia Lohr
I appreciate Williams taking time to study CCL's carbon fee and dividend proposal. His Letter rightly states it places a rising fee on carbon. This is the market signal that companies, including Shell, prefer over regulations...2015/03/25 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Enhanced CO2 is not a benefit - by Steve Flint
It's time we stopped living in a dream world where increased atmospheric CO2 is seen as a benefit. After citing an "authority" that never worked with enhanced CO2, he conveniently ignores...
2015/03/21 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Who supports action on climate? - by Virginia Lohr
A recent letter to the editor implied that leftists are the proponents of action on human-caused climate change, but leftists are not alone. Other supporters include Art Laffer, conservative economist and senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan...2015/02/13 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - A way to cool the planet now - by Judy Meuth
The lead article "Report: Time to examine how to cool the planet" certainly gave this reader some pause. The National Academy of Sciences is investigating injecting sulfur into our skies...2015/01/09 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Act now to reduce global warming - by Virginia Lohr
Kirkland agreed "that global warming has occurred," but he wasn't convinced it warranted "massive new powers" for government. There is a simple way to reduce global warming without government interference. It's CCL's revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend...2014/12/10 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Here are the facts - by Bertie Weddell
I share Kirkland's desire for factual information along with productive and honest discussion of climate change. Two days after Mr. Kirkland's letter appeared, the Daily News carried an article which provided some of the specific evidence...2014/07/28 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - What are we waiting for? - by Al Poplawsky
When I saw July 25 editorial headline (Wildfires just part of living in Northwest) by Rokyta writing for the editorial board, I thought "Oh no, Devin's gone denier on us." Luckily that wasn't the case...
2014/07/16 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - The courage to lead - by Rob Briggs
Kirkland chides Rokyta for his sources on the scientific consensus on human-caused global warming. It appears that Rokyta has done his homework...2014/07/01 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Thank you, Idaho Democrats - by Al Poplawsky, Rachel Clark, David Hall, and Cary Lindsey
Based on a recent poll conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, its Director Anthony Leiserowitz reported that...2014/06/28 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Carbon fee is a good idea - by Virginia Lohr
Briand's Letter to the Editor responded to Briggs's His View column about Citizens Climate Lobby's revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend proposal...2014/06/28 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Leading on climate change - by Al Poplawsky and Rachel Clark
Based on a recent poll conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, by a 3-to-1 margin voters nationally are more likely to pick a candidate for office who supports strong policies to combat global warming...
20162015/12/22 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - HIS VIEW: Terror linked to climate change, its solutions - by Al Poplawsky
2016/04/27 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Town Crier VI: A close shave with Occam’s Razor - by Pete Haug
Occam’s Razor comes in many models, some sharper than others. Basically it’s an aphorism tweaked by a number of philosophers dating from Aristotle: “The simplest explanation is usually the best.”
For example, climate change is simple. Two things drive it: population and energy. All else links back to these two drivers.
In the mid-1930s, world population was estimated at 2.2 billion. Current estimate is 7.3 billion. Simple math reveals a 330 percent increase in 80 years; current projections are for 11 billion by the end of this century.
Where are the resources to feed, clothe, house and otherwise support these folks? The answer lies in energy required to grow food, manufacture goods, construct buildings, transport people, provide health care and so on.
Ironically, energy is partly to blame for our burgeoning population. Had energy not been cheap...
2016/01/27 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Town Crier VI: A new career on entering my ninth decade - by Pete Haug
Indulge me. Last Friday, I entered my ninth decade, but I'm not done yet. Actually, I feel privileged and blessed to have made it this far...
So in my new career, acting as an individual, I try to alert friends and neighbors to challenges and ramifications of rapid climate change. But that's just the beginning. How we collectively face those challenges will determine the destinies and choices of future generations.
Last month's Paris agreement among 196 nations reflects broad recognition of threats to all nations. It also reflects more hope than has been seen for decades. The last time the world worked together on an environmental problem was 1987, when the Montreal Protocol invoked a ban on gases causing ozone depletion...
As 2015 draws to a close we find ourselves dealing with two mounting, seemingly intractable problems - terrorism and climate change. Both problems threaten the very fabric of our civilized society and might be grounds for pessimism as we start a new year. This need not be so.
Worldwide, terrorist events have increased by five-fold since 9/11. The spending of thousands of lives and $4.4 trillion by our country to invade and bomb nations harboring terrorists has not worked.
With climate change, average worldwide temperatures are approaching a 1.0 degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) rise since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, warmer than humans have ever experienced. Nine of the 10 hottest years on record are since the year 2000 - the last coldest year on record was 1909. The temperature is rising 10 times faster than ever before.
Are these two separate problems with separate solutions, or are they somehow linked?...
2015/10/28 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - Town Crier VI: Changing the climate by fouling our nest - by Pete Haug
Science is never "settled." Good science demonstrates that yesterday's good science wasn't quite so good after all. Science converges on reality or, for nerds, it approaches Truth asymptotically.
Fifty years ago I got into the nascent game of using computers to analyze environmental systems - how they behave and how human activities affect that behavior.
In 1972, a group of young MIT scientists published "The Limits to Growth," one of the earliest books documenting environmental systems analysis. The study examined growth trends among five interlocking environmental sectors: industrialization, food production, natural resource depletion, pollution and population.
It concluded that if measures were not taken to address those trends, the limits to growth on this planet would be reached within a century. The book created a furor similar to the one currently surrounding climate change, not surprising because the issues are related...
2015/09/28 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - HIS VIEW: Washington's I-732 is carbon-based tax reform - by Rob Briggs
"I'm sorry, you have to leave." The instruction was polite yet firm.
I protested lamely, "But I'm in a public place. And this is grassroots democracy." She was unmoved.
I was being ejected from the chili line at Pullman's National Lentil Festival for gathering signatures for Initiative 732 to the Washington legislature. I considered ignoring the instruction.
I envisioned the headline: "Confused senior arrested at Lentil Festival over crackpot ballot initiative."
But I-732 is anything but crackpot...
2015/07/17 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - HER VIEW: Bridging the climate divide in Congress - by Virginia Lohr
I recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with my members of Congress and their legislative aides to discuss solutions to climate change. What I heard was unexpected.2015/04/20 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - HIS VIEW: Soil, water and climate thoughts for Earth Day - by Al Poplawsky
Many media outlets parrot familiar refrains of partisan divisions in Congress. What do they say Republicans think about climate change? That the earth isn't warming. That it's warming, but it's not human-caused. That any attempt to rein in carbon emissions will wreck our economy.
What do they say Democrats think? That taxing, spending, and enacting regulations will solve the problem. That government investments in targeted new industries are essential.
The messages I heard in Congressional offices were quite different from these refrains...
Spring is in full bloom, and Earth Day is here once again.
Here on the Palouse it's critical that we increase our efforts to use our soil and water resources more sustainably. Our agriculture depends on fertile soils which have been half depleted by erosion due to tillage. Of even greater concern...
....Although our continuous growth must be addressed eventually, one of its most critical consequences, climate change, must and can be addressed immediately. Most people accept the conclusions of 97 percent of climate scientists: The climate is changing far more rapidly than ever before, and fossil fuel use is a major contributor to this problem...
...The fee and dividend proposal (citizensclimatelobby.org) is a beneficial and logical solution to our fossil fuel addiction which is workable within the framework of our economic system....
20142014/10/05 - The Spokesman Review - Climate change ‘insurance’ worth passing - by Alexandra Amonette and Rob Briggs
More than 400,000 people from all over the United States marched in the streets of New York City on Sept. 21 to support action on global warming. And in over 165 other countries, people from all walks of life voiced their desire for urgent action to be taken by the world’s leaders. This is history in the making...2014/05/14 - Moscow-Pullman Daily News - HIS VIEW: A way off the fossil-fuel treadmill - by Rob Briggs
...we buy insurance for things that have a low probability of happening, such as a house fire. Even if people think there’s only a 1 percent chance that our kids will be negatively affected by global warming, doesn’t it make sense to take out an insurance policy?
Former Secretary of State George Shultz agrees: “The climate is changing. … Why don’t we take out an insurance policy?”
The “insurance” that both Shultz (a Republican) and the citizen lobbyist are advocating is a market-based solution to global warming called “revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend.” The idea is being championed by a rapidly growing nonpartisan, grass-roots organization called Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL)...
Movie buffs may remember the classic 1956 film "Giant" in which ranch hand turned wildcat driller Jett Rink (James Dean) hits an oil gusher on his small parcel of West Texas prairie.
Today, the gushers are gone, and men like Rink have given way to giant corporations. Now the best remaining sources of petroleum lie below thousands of feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico or locked in "tight" rock formations, like Bakken and Marcellus shales. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are necessary to release the oil and natural gas. These fields are expensive to develop, and resulting wells deplete quickly. In northern Alberta, oil companies are steam-cleaning oily sand to extract bitumen, a low-grade petroleum source requiring expensive new refinery equipment and dilution before it will flow through a pipeline....
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