Speak up about carbon
Call it global warming, climate change or greenhouse gas pollution, the addition of excess CO2 in the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels is a current hazard. A degree of temperature rise in the Earth’s atmosphere is hard to notice but there is no denying the increase in extreme weather events including drought, flooding, heat waves, extended cold and conditions that exacerbate wildland fire. Lack of action to curb carbon pollution will lead to even more extreme weather.
When polled, 65 percent of the folks in Congressional District 4 think global warming is happening and it will cause moderate to great amount of harm to future generations; 71 percent of us want to regulate CO2 as a pollutant. The good news is the Washington Senate is considering SB6203, a bill to reduce carbon pollution by moving to a clean energy economy.
Call it a fee, a tax, a price or a cap, the marketplace solution to carbon pollution is for each of us to pay an amount according to how much carbon pollution we create. SB6203 places a price of $20 on each metric ton of carbon which translates to an increase of $.18 per gallon of gas. But we’ve already paid more than that for a gallon of gas and we all adapted. Agricultural fuels are exempted to support our state agriculture. Renewable hydropower generates 75 percent of the state’s electricity and produces no carbon.
Paying a price for the carbon pollution that we cause will make us more aware of our current impact on future generations. It will give a financial reward for clean energy investment on the household and the business level. It will stimulate local development of cleaner energy.
Please contact your state legislators and urge them to support SB6203. We are feeling the weather effects of carbon pollution now and we have a responsibility to leave a habitable climate to future generations. Your legislator cannot represent you if your voice is not heard. Please speak up.
Shirlee Evans, Twisp
Another great Ski for Women
Sincere thanks to Ashley Lodato for encouraging people to participate in the Ski for Women event held in Mazama on Feb. 4 through her weekly column. I’m sure Ashley’s coverage of this event urged some to join in the fun by creatively dressing for the costume event or watching from the sidelines.
It was great to see so many kids and parents enjoying the skiing before the inclement weather moved in. This year’s Ski for Women doubled the amount raised for Room One and participants were challenged to double that amount next year by getting more people involved.
Thanks also to the Freestone Inn, which provided lunch for all the participants and volunteers. Their generous support of this event is much appreciated.
Nancy Kuta, Mazama
Need for unity
Like so many, I am appalled at today’s politics. Each day we are being asked to buy into yet another story, stories propagated by partisan leadership, much of it designed to divide the opinion of all Americans. I am very concerned that we not forget what democracy is all about. To keep democracy alive and intact we must be an informed citizenry, informed on the truth and not opinion and mistruths designed to pull us to one side or the other.
I had the opportunity to meet Vladimir Putin in 1999 as part of a world trade organization roundtable group. He occurred to me as a highly strategic thinker. He strives to make Russia the world leader. To do this he must create division and render democracy ineffective in the United States. He’s succeeding. It is alarming that our own leaders are so silent on this issue, including our own Rep. Newhouse.
A while back I listened to an interview with a Fox News executive who, when asked about some misleading reporting in their news, replied at Fox News “accuracy is not a priority.” This should give us great pause. It is imperative we remain informed on the truth, get our news from reputable sources, such as major news networks who demand vetting and confirmation before reporting. Only then can we ensure the strength of our democracy. Our country’s motto is “E Pluribus Unum.” Out of many, one. That is, united we stand, for surely divided we fall.
Sarah Gelineau, Tonasket