Letter to the Editor

Climate change is scientifically documented

Friday, June 21, 2019

Climate change is scientifically documented

To the Editor: "More research needed before climate change panic" (June 18) come from someone who admittedly has "no training in climate sciences." All of the best climate scientists around the world, ten of thousands of them (IPCC), are telling us it's definitely time to panic.

They've told us we only have until 2030 to make at least 50 percent cuts in our CO2 emissions or we'll face "catastrophic" global warming" causing "global economic collapse" followed by "societal collapse" (IPCC). The costs to the US economy would be over $160 trillion (Forbes, April 2019) to say nothing of the human toll.

The "More research" letter is at odds with every scientific agency and every climate scientist publishing in peer-reviewed science journals worldwide, where there is now over 99.9999 percent scientific consensus on AGW (National Physical Sciences Consortium). It used to be 97 percent, the figure that still appears on the National Academy of Sciences website. What we need now is not more research, but national legislation.

Americans have paid over $1.6 trillion for rapidly increasingly climate disasters, now regularly costing hundreds of billions annually (NOAA/NASA). Just a half-degree increase in global temperatures will cost the US $13 (National Academy of Sciences) and we're now guaranteed a 1.5 degree increase (IPCC). We're on a trajectory to a 5 degree increase (WMO). Without at least 50 percent cuts in greenhouse gases by 2030, there will be over $160 trillion in climate change damage to the US economy (Forbes, April 2018).

The good news is that we now have a detailed plan that can prevent this and it will more than pay for itself and have massive economic benefits. The Evergreen Economy Plan, recently released by Washington Governor Inslee, who's focusing his presidential campaign on climate change, is a 38-page "user's guide" to the Green New Deal's energy plan (vox.com). It shows that two-thirds of the cost of a rapid national transitioning to renewable energy--$600 billion annually for a decade--will be paid for by private investment.

The rest of the money--$300 billion annually for a decade--can come from the fossil fuel industry which knowingly caused the climate crisis and lied about it for decades (Scientific American, Fortune, New York Times, insideclimatenews.org, greenpeace.org). There's already a bill in Congress that can make that happen: H.R. 763, "Carbon Dividends." You can see how it works at citizensclimatelobby.org. The Congressional Budget Office scoring shows it would add $350 billion annually to the US economy. Canada's done this successfully for a decade (The Guardian).

Either solar or wind energy can easily power the entire world (Stanford University's solutionsproject.org). Renewable energy, with storage, is now as cheap or cheaper than any fossil fuel (Lazard). Rapidly scaling up solar and wind will make them "essentially free" by 2030 (Financial Times, UBS, Aug. 2018).

The Green New Deal/Evergreen Economy plans will also create at least 8 million high-wage, local, permanent (40-year) jobs (solutionsproject.org) that have good benefits and can't be outsourced.

"The Green New Deal is affordable; the cost of inaction is incalculable," -- Forbes

Lynn Goldfarb

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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