Vote yes on I-1631 | Letter

I will be voting for I-1631, which will “charge pollution fees on sources of greenhouse gas pollutants, and use the revenue to reduce pollution, promote clean energy, and address climate impacts.”

Our climate is changing, with record temperature increases, more intense storms and forest fires, ice sheet melting and rising seas. The concentration of CO2, the main heat-trapping (greenhouse) gas in the atmosphere is increasing rapidly. In fact, it is 45 percent higher than it was at the start of the industrial revolution! And most of that CO2 has come from combustion of fossil fuels.

There is no doubt that climate change will accelerate as the CO2 and other greenhouse gases build up and the oceans warm, global circulation patterns could be affected and irreversible tipping points reached.

Experts tell us that an alternate future powered by renewable energy is possible. For this to happen most fossil fuel facilities will need to be phased out, leaving the bulk of fuel reserves in the ground.

Oil companies are spending a record amount to defeat the initiative. It is past time to move forward. I-1631 will be a strong step towards a sustainable future for Washington, and will help build a national political will for pricing carbon.

Dave Russell

Kirkland

More in Letters to the Editor

Falcone is the smart choice | Letter

In the race for Kirkland City Council Pos. 6, Amy Falcone is… Continue reading

Falcone is the right choice | Letter

We are writing to recommend Amy Falcone for Kirkland City Council. As… Continue reading

Vote for Falcone | Letter

I am writing to support Amy Falcone for Kirkland City Council Pos.… Continue reading

Encouraging innovation | Letter

Earlier this year, I had a kidney transplant and it changed my… Continue reading

Give up now! | Letter

I believe that our forefathers didn’t pass the Second Amendment to our… Continue reading

Where have the ospreys gone? | Letter

For years I have watched a pair of ospreys raise chicks in… Continue reading

That entangled meme | Letter

Thanks to Sherman Peters (Reporter, Sept. 6) readers were fed glib history.… Continue reading

A nation of laws | Letter

In the United States, which has a population of about 330 million… Continue reading

Only the names have changed | Letter

Sept. 1 marked 80 years since Hitler invaded Poland and started World… Continue reading

Police shouldn’t become nannies | Letter

I am tired of police accountability; what about public accountability? Nowhere in… Continue reading

This week in letters: Kirkland Summerfest, right to bear arms

Thousands of asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — some… Continue reading

Integral to this country | Letter

On Aug. 2, Mr. Roger Clarke-Johnson’s letter (Bothell-Kenmore Reporter, Aug. 2) argued… Continue reading