Climate change questions appreciated

To the Journal editor:

The Mining Journal’s Lisa Bowers sat on the panel that recently interviewed Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet) on WNMU’s “Media Meet.”

I greatly appreciated the questions on Climate Change.

Rep. Bergman acknowledged that the climate is changing, and the most effective means of addressing it would be through economic incentives rather than regulation.

US HR 763 Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act creates this market incentive for clean energy production while creating jobs and growing the economy.

Rep. Bergman also stated that polluters should be held accountable. This bill places a fee on fossil fuels based on the inevitable cost imposed on society from its combustion.

Rep. Bergman stated that the climate has been changing from day one and we can’t completely stop the natural cycle.

The increase in “natural” disasters like the hurricanes in Puerto Rico and Florida, record flooding in the midwest, and deadly wildfires can be reduced if we act on climate change.

Extreme weather, species extinction, and a significant drag on our economy are already occurring at the current 1 degree average global temperature rise. This bill will result in no more than 1.5 degrees of warming, above which we do not want to see.

This bill is gaining major traction as it works through House committees. Statements of support are rolling in from influencers like the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

Be a part of the solution to society’s greatest challenge, join at CitizensClimateLobby.org. Urge Rep. Bergman’s support at 273-2227. Endorse the bill as a business, faith group, or organization at EnergyInnovationAct.org

Extreme weather, species extinction, and a significant drag on our economy are already occurring at the current 1 degree average global temperature rise.

This bill will result in no more than 1.5 degrees of warming, above which we do not want to see.

This bill is gaining major traction as it works through House committees. Statements of support are Rolling in from influential groups like the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

Be a part of the solution to society’s greatest challenge, join at CitizensClimateLobby.org Urge Rep. Bergman’s support at 273-2227. Endorse the bill as a business, faith group, or organization at EnergyInnovationAct.org

JOHN O’BRYAN

Skandia