A recent UN report (source: Seattle Times, Oct. 9) stated that if earth’s overall temperature rises another half-degree Celsius, millions are headed to major disasters. Sorry to be a prophet of doom, but catastrophes such as recently in California may become more common; Miami and other low-lying coastal places could be flooded (source: PBS, “Sinking cities”), water shortages will intensify and many coral reefs will likely die. Washington state voters decided Initiative 1631 wasn’t a right answer to “weather weirding,” but the challenge didn’t go away.
Two Republicans and three Democrats have introduced HR 4173 “Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act” into the U.S. House of Representatives. This bipartisan bill would exempt fuel used for agriculture (source: nonpartisan Citizens Climate Lobby). It’s worth investigating. Representative Newhouse should hear from constituents on this legislative proposal.