Letters to the Editor

Burkholder letter: Climate change

The Statesman has recently published two reminders that humanity has a big greenhouse gas problem. First was the article April 13 that told us “the length of the fire season in the West has increased by 78 days.” Second was the article April 14 about the “unprecedented and lethally high temperatures in the Columbia, Snake and even Salmon rivers that killed ...” most of the 2015 sockeye salmon run.

Who wants to be part of the solution to our climate change problem? I assume everyone.

And what can we do? 1) Drive a plug-in vehicle. A couple dozen models of plug-in vehicles can now be leased, purchased used for a reasonable price, or purchased new. These vehicles allow the driver to eliminate fossil fuels for urban driving forever. 2) Install solar panels at your business or residence. The costs continue to drop and there is a 30 percent federal tax credit to soften the financial hit. 3) Eat a vegan diet. Some say that animal agriculture is responsible for 51 percent of our greenhouse gases.

The status quo in transportation, energy generation and diet is suicidal. We are going to have to make some big changes — the sooner the better for everyone.

Reed Burkholder, Boise