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Don't be complacent about reducing fossil fuels (Jan. 16, 2012)

posted Jan 16, 2012, 5:50 PM by Rob Hogg
In this letter to the editor of the Des Moines Register today, the Rev. Barbara Schlachter points out that climate action requires reducing emissions as well as reducing our vulnerability to climatic changes that are now unavoidable.  As she points out, our children and grandchildren are counting on us.

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Dear Editor:

Richard Doak made an enthusiastic case for Iowa to prepare for the effects of the reality of climate change, which will be more severe weather (“Looking Ahead to 2012,” Jan. 8 essay). Our state legislators who prepared an excellent report and resource for such an effort several years ago need to be reminded of their work.


But there is more that we can and must do. Doak makes it sound as though the only option is to lie back and take it. We cannot be complacent about what can be accomplished to reduce our use of fossil fuels at the individual, community, state and even the federal level.


A gradually increasing fee on carbon , increased production of wind, solar and biomass energy, combined with reduced and more efficient use, can do a great deal to re-direct our present course of making human life on Earth very difficult.


We each need to do our part. One day our grandchildren or great grandchildren may ask us, “What did you do to change the direction of this disaster?” It’s time to wake up and feel the heat.


— The Rev. Dr. Barbara Schlachter, Iowa City