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Letter: Australia’s fires recall our fires and the need for change

Australia’s fires recall ourfires, the need for change

As I watched the video “Australian wildfires by the numbers” (Mercurynews.com, Jan. 7), I had to steel myself not to turn away from this disaster as something happening somewhere else to someone else.

Memory of the polluted air we breathed for weeks from the Camp Fire that destroyed Paradise is still too fresh.

We know that climate change affects us all. We know that limiting its effects requires curtailing our use of fossil fuels now and eliminating its usage quickly. But we also know that changing human behavior individually or collectively is difficult, sometimes seemingly impossible.

Why not let the law help us change our behavior by passing HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act?

This progressive, bipartisan bill is non-punitive and allows the market to drive the economy toward more ecologically sound energy usage. And it contains a carrot rather than a stick. What are we waiting for?

Kathleen EarlyPalo Alto

 

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