Still time to avert disasters if we transition to clean energy

Re: December 19, 2021 Article, “Extreme summer reveals stunning shift in rainfall

Thanks for this well-researched article.  

According to the article, while deluges grow east of the Rockies, the West experiences serious drought conditions, and, “NOAA reported at least 133 ‘billion-dollar disasters’ in the decade ending in 2020, double the previous decade, at a cost of more than $867 billion.”

One would think that such an increase in frequency of weather disasters would prompt strong action from our leaders. We are losing precious time. Scientists tell us that there is still time if steps are taken to transition from fossil fuels to clean energy.

Those who lose everything including lives of their loved ones, know how quickly some of the powerful disasters can wipe out their homes and businesses. We need to address the root causes of reducing carbon emissions by pricing carbon. Ask your representative to support carbon fee and dividend as part of Build Back Better legislation.

Kalpana Sutaria

Austin American-Statesman

January 3, 2022

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