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Letter: Glacial progress on climate change

President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier

President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change. Credit: AP / Andrew Harnik

The Sept. 6 editorial cartoon by Matt Davies, comparing glacial melting with the speed of congressional (in)action on climate change, is timely ["Pen & Think," Opinion].

There is a viable method to reduce fire, flood and storm damage, and to lower the likelihood of human extinction. Postponing the issue increases the severity of "natural" disasters.

A solution that gained support in western Canada, the taxing of carbon (fossil fuels), has lowered pollution without hurting economic growth in British Columbia. What about the United States?

A study by Regional Economic Models Inc., a nonpartisan research firm, calculates that a fee-and-dividend plan could reduce U.S. emissions to 69 percent of 1990 levels by 2025, and to 50 percent by 2035.

Congress must start moving faster than the glaciers, because Mother Nature is running out of time to recuperate.

Eloise Linger, Huntington Station

Editor's note: The writer is a member of Citizens Climate Lobby, an environmental advocacy organization.