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Letter: Learn math behind climate change

5:22 PM, Apr. 16, 2013  |  Comments
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Most Americans believe climate change is real and that we humans cause it, according to a Gallup survey released on April 8. According to a survey by Yale University released on April 2, more than 75 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents believe the United States should use more solar, wind and geothermal energy instead of energy from burning coal and oil - fuels that emit carbon dioxide when they're burned.

If you'd like to learn the math that quite simply makes sense out of all the new information on climate change, then I urge you to attend a free screening of the film "Do the Math" at 7 p.m. Sunday, at Dreyfus University Center theater on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus.

The best way to reduce the carbon dioxide pollution that causes global climate change is through a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Because all money raised by such a tax would be returned to the American people, households would be shielded from the tax's impact. However, such a tax on fossil fuels would make clean energy more attractive to investors and consumers, shifting our economy away from dirty fuels.

A carbon tax would shield Americans from the impact that dirty fuels have on our health and well-being. It would also eliminate the need to provide costly energy subsidies, promoting a level playing field for all energy producers.

If you'd like to take action on climate change, then contact Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Ron Johnson, and Rep. Ron Kind, urging them to promote a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Senate Bill 332, The Climate Protection Act, is a step in that direction, as is a carbon tax bill being drafted by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and others.

It's time for all of us - people of every political persuasion - to work together to combat climate change. We owe that much to the generations that come after ours. For that matter, in light of the climate changes already taking place, we owe it to ourselves.

Dan Dieterich

Stevens Point

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