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Letter: Hot temps linked to crime and war

A flock of Geese fly past the smokestacks

A flock of Geese fly past the smokestacks at the Jeffrey Energy Center coal power plant as the suns sets near Emmett, Kan in 2012. Credit: AP

My commitment to children and future generations of all species, has caused me to grieve the results of climate change and its effect on Earth and all who live here. I was encouraged when I read in Newsday about a scientific study linking violent crimes and waging war with rising temperatures ["Study: Hotter temps lead to hotter tempers," News, Aug. 2]. When we begin to see climate change as an issue of national security, we may have the needed unity among us to change things.

There is an effective way to address climate change together. There is a simple, revenue-neutral, market-based solution that scientists and economists agree can reduce carbon emissions, one of the largest contributors to climate change. We need to place a carbon tax on all fossil fuels at the source, with all of the revenue raised refunded to American households that transition to lower-carbon energy, to offset their costs.

This would reduce carbon emissions while spurring private investments in clean energy. I believe this plan is one we can unite around, and I look forward to that day.

Sister Jeanne Clark, West Islip

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