Letters to the Editor

Roberts letter: Climate, Earth Day

The U.S. Navy is concerned about climate change and is acting by encouraging its vendors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (Navy to require climate change reporting from vendors, Idaho Statesman, April 12). Since 2014 the U.S. military has recognized that climate change could cause world conflict and instability.

While I’m glad to hear that a branch of the U.S. military is taking climate change seriously by making policy changes, it’s disappointing that Congress is taking so long to do something. Every day we are confronted by discouraging news about our climate: global temperatures increasing, carbon dioxide levels increasing, polar ice melting, and sea levels rising.

Our lawmakers must act to slow climate change by implementing a policy that would reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Congress could reduce emissions by implementing a revenue-neutral fee on fossil fuels. We should all celebrate Earth Day this year by making phone calls to Sens. Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, and Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson. Ask them to pass legislation that would result in lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Elizabeth Roberts, Eagle