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Letters: Save the Earth, starting now

Re "Experts warn climate shift threats rising," March 19

I for one am outraged. Scientific consensus is approaching 100% that human civilization is in danger. But our politicians choose to be fooled and intimidated by corporate lobbyists.

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The fossil fuel industry has spread lies to counter the urgent facts about climate change. It is particularly frustrating when the costs and benefits of transitioning to a renewable future are calculated.

According to a recent study, a carbon tax in California, with the revenue returned to the public, would actually grow the state's economy. Furthermore, other studies have estimated that investing just 1% of global GDP in mitigation could stabilize the climate.

Scientists are telling us that the economic downside of inaction may be civilization itself. Nature and economics favor adaptability.

James Waterhouse

Arcadia

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