Re “ John M. Crisp: Climate Change: the Complacent vs. the Apocalyptic” (Opinion, modbee.com, Sept. 15): Crisp is right about at least one thing – no one wants to hear doomsday climate predictions. But most of us don’t rationalize our complacency because we’re overwhelmed or doing “what addicts always do,” but because we don’t have effective, relatively painless solutions. Most of us would jump at the chance to avert climate catastrophe if, for example, we were told we could get paid to use less energy.
As it turns out, that’s a solution that’s gaining bipartisan support. A carbon fee would increase the price of high-carbon fuels. But returning revenues to every household would offset those higher prices while allowing families to make energy-efficient upgrades. Let’s continue to sound the alarm that climate change is here and likely to get much worse, but let’s also push Congress to give us the tools to do something about it.
Eric Ettlinger, Berkeley