To the Editor:
As if problems with the COVID19 pandemic vaccine rollout aren’t enough, climate change adds to distribution woes slowing our path to herd immunity.
This recent winter storm crippling parts of the South forced vaccination sites to close while disrupting vaccine shipments. As part of this extreme weather disturbance, a tornado devastated Brunswick County. No, we’re not experiencing an expanding ice age or anti-global warming phenomenon. This new pattern of severe southern cold snaps doesn’t disprove global warming but supports it. Senior climate scientist Jennifer Francis, Ph.D., at Woods Hole Research Center, studies climate change impacts. Specifically, her work supports the ongoing effects of rapid Arctic warming resulting in disturbances of the whipsawing jet stream (aka “polar vortex”) setting a Texas record-breaking cold snap with 4.3 million out of power due to electrical grid overload.
The solution? Acknowledge that the hidden problem driving these changes is the true cost of burning fossil fuel emissions is $0. “The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act”, to be reintroduced in Congress, corrects this market failure putting a known price on carbon with the revenue “dividends” distributed equally to U.S. citizens especially helping the low income while incentivizing free-market energy innovation.
Please call Congress.
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