LETTER: Shift needed on climate change

From reader Marylee Banyard

Economist William Nordhaus won the Nobel Prize in Economics this year for his work on carbon pricing. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Recently the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change declared that managing climate change could be a matter of life or death.

On Sunday, the Nobel Prize for economics was awarded to William Nordhaus for his research into the economics of a warming planet and carbon pricing. He endorses a universal tax on carbon.

It was also awarded to Paul Romer who researched why economies grow. His research showed that the key is innovation. Governments must foster research into innovation.

Both these men and the scientific community in general tell us that a shift is a priority and also feasible within the laws of physics and chemistry.

We need to shift from present practices to those that will make our planet sustainable. Polluting forms of energy, particularly those involving fossil fuels, must be stopped. This can be done by no longer supporting oil companies with tax breaks and other incentives of all kinds, not to mention new projects in a dying industry, costing millions.

Funds should be rerouted to clean energy and retraining our workforce to find employment to deal with this shift. We citizens must be protected from rising costs with a fee and dividend approach to carbon pricing. If we receive the dividends from carbon pricing paid directly back to us we can all pull our weight to bring ourselves into a good balance.

Let’s pressure our politicians to wake up and find the courage to do the right thing.

Marylee Banyard

Nelson

Just Posted

Shawn Campbell scores 4 as Leafs beat Rebels 5-3

Campbell now has seven goals in just four games this season

Construction begins on seniors affordable housing building

Lakeside Place is projected to be finished by fall 2020

LETTER: Five reasons to vote Green

From reader Christopher Klassen

L.V. Rogers qualifies for boys soccer provincials

LVR booked its ticket with a pair of wins

How local candidates are using Facebook to advertise directly to you

Liberal campaign is the biggest spender on Facebook ads in South Okanangan–West Kootenay

VIDEO: First all-female spacewalk team makes history

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir did work on International Space Station’s power grid

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

Greta Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta, but doesn’t talk oilsands

Swedish teen was met with some oil and gas industry supporters who came in a truck convoy

Scheer denies spreading ‘misinformation’ in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

Conservative leader had claimed that a potential NDP-Liberal coalition could lead to a hike in GST

Council asks to limit cruise ship visits to Victoria harbour

Mayor says motion is not meant to curtail current visits or limit local cruise industry expansion

Chilliwack man pleads guilty in crash that killed pregnant woman

Frank Tessman charged under Motor Vehicle Act for accident that killed Kelowna school teacher

Delays at railroad crossing in Kootenay town cause for concern

About 1870 Fernie residents are temporarily isolated when the train passes through town

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Most Read