Re “Scientist witness carbon dioxide trapping heat in air” (Online, Feb. 25): The final paragraph of the article states “The study is good technical work … but it is expected – sort of like confirming gravity with a falling rock.” And that’s where we are – investigating the obvious.
Of course CO2 traps heat. Of course humans emit accelerating gobs of it.
Atmospheric CO2 was under 290 parts per million for 800,000 years until 1860; now it’s over 400 ppm. We have a problem. I believe the solution is a federal law that collects a fee on carbon where it is pulled out of the ground. Then distribute all that money as a dividend to U.S. households. We start low and increase the fee yearly until emissions recede deeply. This places a cost on carbon without making government big.
I urge congressmen Jeff Denham to help pass a law before the international summit in Paris this year. If America leads, other nations will follow. After all, Russia’s successful first launch of a human into space motivated us to reach the moon. This time let America set the aim, to protect our planet for those who follow.
Des Orsinelli, Ripon