Climate change

DAVID STONE

Williamsport

Climate change is the most important issue of our time. We have dug a deep hole in the past hundred years by putting millions of tons of green house gasses in the atmosphere. There is clear evidence that this is changing the climate. Storms are getting more severe, droughts and flooding are increasing, sea levels are rising. The cost of this is enormous. Costal cities are flooding, crops are failing as droughts and flooding are becoming common. All this is causing huge populations of displaced people whose migration is destabilizing many parts of the world. We need to be part of the solution.

The first step in getting out of a hole is to stop digging. We need to stop the government from subsidizing activities that contribute to the problem. Secondly, we need to encourage efficient use of resources to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gasses. Third, we need to invest in building infrastructure that uses energy efficiently and produces power without adding greenhouse gasses. Done properly, this will unleash the creativity and energy that the free market can bring to providing solutions that will begin to get us out of the hole we are in.

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