Climate change not going away

The Washington Post recently reported that the Global Carbon Project, headed by Rob Jackson, a scientist at Stanford, predicts an increase of greenhouse gas emission of about 2 percent for 2017. Scientists warn that we need to act quickly in order to curb climate change.

The world’s oceans are warming, fueling intense storms, destroying coral reefs, and stressing the marine food chain. The oceans store a lot of the carbon dioxide we emit, but this causes acidification further threatening the marine food chain. It is time to act. Both the Climate Leadership Council and the Citizen’s Climate Lobby have strongly suggested Congress adopt a revenue neutral carbon fee and dividend policy where a tax is imposed on fossil fuels at the source, but the fees collected are returned to households in the form of a dividend. Politicians are reluctant to act because it may hurt the economy.

Well, don’t extremely intense storms hurt the economy, and won’t a decrease in the productivity of ocean fisheries hurt the economy? Also, studies have indicated that a transition to sustainable energy would actually boost the economy. Finally, the rest of the industrialized world is taking action, so where is our leadership?

Harold Arns

Box Elder

Uranium mining won't benefit SD

In a recent Journal article about uranium mining in the Black Hills, it states ”The uranium would be sold for use in nuclear power plants." In fact, if the uranium is shipped out of the United States, the owners (a foreign-based company called Azarga) can sell it to the highest bidder for bombs, power plants or whatever.

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This is not a good deal for America, except for the few people who own "shares" in the company or a very few landowners who are willing to gamble land and water pollution for money. The United States does not need any more uranium. We have no national interest in producing it. South Dakota does not have to risk contamination of land, water and air to make a few people rich. Nor do we need to disrespect Native American spiritual and possible burial sites to make a few people rich.

In-situ uranium mining never returns the water (pumped out of the aquifer) to its original condition when it is pumped back into the aquifer. South Dakotans should join various groups fighting this, including the Clean Water Alliance and Dakota Rural Action.

Mary Jo Farrington

Rapid City

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