A Nov. 5 letter (Reader’s View: “Clean energy does not mean cheap energy”) claimed it’s a loaded question to ask people if they prefer clean energy. It maintained that a more honest question would be, “How much are you willing to pay for clean energy?”

Unfortunately, the letter completely missed the point. A more appropriate question would be, “How much are you willing to pay to preserve a livable planet for future generations?”

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the global temperature rose about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit from 1901 to 2020. Sea-level rise has accelerated to almost double what it was throughout most of the last century. Glaciers, a source of drinking water for much of the world’s population, are receding rapidly. The area covered by sea ice in the Arctic at the end of summer has shrunk by about 40% since 1979. And the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen about 40% since the Industrial Revolution.

Climate Central reports that 2019 was the hottest year on record and wrapped up the hottest decade ever recorded. In our own country, we are seeing longer and more severe droughts, more violent and destructive hurricanes, more widespread flooding, and forest fires that are catastrophic and virtually uncontrollable. In the first nine months of 2021, the U.S. had already faced 18 disasters that cost more than $1 billion dollars each and took more than 500 lives.

The letter brushed aside the incalculable costs of continuing to ignore the facts on climate change. The future inhabitants of our planet will pay a steep price for our folly.

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James J. Amato

Duluth




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