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LETTER: Paris climate agreement not enough

To the editor:Many are breathing a sigh of relief that the climate talks in Paris have resulted in a global agreement. But this is no time for resting on our laurels. Paris has given us an understanding that we all must take action to prevent env...

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To the editor:
Many are breathing a sigh of relief that the climate talks in Paris have resulted in a global agreement. But this is no time for resting on our laurels. Paris has given us an understanding that we all must take action to prevent environmental catastrophe by reducing the carbon and methane in our atmosphere. To do so, we must leave 80 percent of the fossil fuels remaining in the ground and develop new means of powering our lives.
Here’s the math: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new... .
The challenge now is for all of us to do our part. The most important first thing we each can do is reduce personal use of fossil fuels. The gluttonous and thoughtless burning of these precious commodities has to end. You can:
1) Drive a car with high MPG and consolidate trips and errands to reduce driving. Walk or bike when possible.
2) Turn off unneeded lights and keep the thermostat under 70 F this winter.
3) Buy local. Local foods have fewer fuel miles; making them fresher and better tasting. Local goods provide for a more sustainable community and keep money in our neighborhood.
Find out more at https://www.carbonfund.org/reduce .
Then, encourage your representatives to support Carbon Fee and Dividend, which will provide not only the most rapid way to reducing greenhouse gases (short of mandatory draconian regulations), but will also give all Americans a cash dividend. The fossil fuel companies have long been subsidized with our tax dollars while they rake in billions in profits without bearing responsibility for the costs to our environment. It’s time they started paying their fair share … to us!
Learn more at http://citizensclimatelobby.org/ .
Jami Gaither
Alexandria, MN

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