Recently, the news about solutions to climate change have been positive. Mark McGinnis’ opinion article about the Pope’s Encyclical Letter, “On Care For Our Common Home” (July 1) was an excellent discussion of faith and respect for the environment. Human-caused climate change is a serious problem, and hopefully the pope’s many followers will reduce their consumption of fossil fuels to help prevent ecological collapse. The Bloomberg View in the same issue is also encouraging because it predicts the decline of coal-fired power plants despite the Supreme Court’s ruling against the EPA’s limits on emissions by these plants. Public concern about climate change is growing and soon coal will be replaced with cleaner energy sources. The transition to clean energy like solar from fossil fuels would be accelerated with a Carbon Fee and Dividend policy that is being considered in Congress. Recently, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby met with members of Congress and their staffs to promote this policy, which would not harm the economy because the fees collected would be directly distributed to U.S. households. Finally, the first journey of a solar-powered aircraft around the world will be completed soon, providing more evidence that a clean energy future is possible.
Elizabeth Roberts, Eagle