Recent news articles about atmospheric carbon dioxide approaching the ‘dire milestone’ of 400 parts per million remind us that we are dangerously near a threshold of catastrophic change to the world as we know it. Fire season in May in Southern California is another first-hand warning.
The time for piecemeal, half-hearted, and voluntary measures to curb global warming is over. A nationwide, market-based carbon fee and dividend as proposed by Citizens Climate Lobby is urgently needed. Our Congress must act before it’s too late.