There is a lot of positive news in the effort to confront climate change.
Polls show that more than three-quarters of Americans understand that climate change is real and want government action to deal with it.
Government officials are starting to take action. The federal government has issued new rules to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants (though the rules will face legal challenges). And presidential candidates — OK, the Democrats and Greens — are offering even more ambitious climate action plans.
The bad news unfortunately is that climate change is getting worse and the present proposals are still far short of what is needed to avoid catastrophic impacts.
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The good news is that the technology (renewables, conservation) already exists to move to 100 percent clean energy — and it is getting cheaper and more efficient all the time.
Pope Francis wrote that “It is remarkable how weak international political responses have been.” Objecting to how the drive for profits determines political action, he added “The most one can expect is superficial rhetoric, sporadic acts of philanthropy and perfunctory expressions of concern for the environment.”
Idaho and its local governments should commit to 100 percent clean energy by 2030.
Gretchen L. Casey, Boise