Letters to the Editor

Letter: Climate change

Rocky Barker’s recent article discusses the concept of Idaho high altitude streams acting as a Noah’s Ark, protecting some species through the “global warming bottleneck.” Scientists on the ground in Idaho understand that global warming is here. Record low Idaho snowpack and record low Arctic ice are happening this year. However, climate change does not have an end point similar to what we are experiencing currently. A bottleneck will only happen if the world takes massive action in the very near future to shift away from fossil fuels.

At the same time Mitch McConnell is instructing governors to not comply with new EPA regulations limiting carbon emissions from power plants. Republicans now have the power in the U.S. Congress. It’s time for Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, and Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador to speak up for Idahoans who favor market-based methods of moving away from fossil fuels over regulatory ones.

Leadership doesn’t mean ignoring a problem or saying there is no solution. Economic studies have shown that a carbon fee and dividend plan can be a revenue-neutral, job-creating way to reshape our economy. We are in this together, and we need to start acting like it.

Nancy Basinger, Boise