This is Not A Theory, Not an Opinion. This is the Cost of Carbon.

This is Not A Theory, Not an Opinion. This is the Cost of Carbon.
Posted on November 8, 2013 | Rolly Montpellier | Written on November 8, 2013
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Op-Ed

Author's Note:

Author's Note:

Our planet is heating up, and carbon pollution is to blame. Ninety million tons of carbon pollution enter the atmosphere every day.

Putting a Cost on Carbon is a societal and environmental priority.

The science is settled. Our planet is heating up, and carbon pollution from Dirty Energy is to blame. The fossil fuel industry burns oil, coal and gas, sending heat-trapping emissions into the air. Ninety million tons of carbon pollution enter the atmosphere every day. That means a hotter world for all of us. It also leads to Dirty Weather, from extreme rainstorms to prolonged drought.

Nine of the ten hottest years on record were in the past twelve years. Just in recent months, extreme rainfall and floods have affected us everywhere on the planet - Calgary, Europe, India, Colorado. Superstorm Sandy devastated human lives and led to tens of billions of dollars in damages. The most severe droughts in decades spread over half the United States, Russia and China.

Carbon pollution is warming the earth, creating dirty weather. We are all paying for carbon pollution.

- Higher food prices
- Water scarcity
- Decreased water quality
- Property damage
- Loss of wildlife
- Ecological damage
- Higher insurance premiums
- More lyme disease
- Power outages
- Heat related illness
- Loss of wetlands
- Lower crop yields

Climate change is already happening, and it has entered our daily lives.

About The Author

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Rolly Montpellier is a Climate Leader (Certified by the Climate Reality Project) a blogger, writer, activist and the founder of BoomerWarrior.Org.

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If the science is settled, then please answer 1 question. How much dirty energy was produced per day about 12,000 years ago? That is approximately when the ice sheets receded from this area after a long duration of melting.

The difference between then and now Joe is while the melting that took place 12,000 years ago took thousands of years to take place, the melting that's taking place now has happened in just a few hundred years. This relatively short period of time is what has people worried. Its hard for species to adapt to sudden change. Throughout history, there are examples of extinctions due to sudden environmental or geological events. Take a look at James Mihaychuck's letter: http://bit.ly/17q83cK. James refers to a Berkeley study that addresses this point.

Like Rolly, I am a Climate Reality Project team leader. We know its hard for people to come to terms with things they can't necessarily see, but we believe its time, now that the effects climate change are becoming more obvious, to start focusing on what we can do together to adapt, as quickly as possible, to the global threat that we are going to face in the 21st Century.

There are opportunities for investors to make money using smart energy producing technologies to heat their homes, and communities whereby carbon sharing ideologies can transpire and consumers become producers with new income streams based upon investments in the Green Energy Enterprise.

The main problem seems to be educating society and building the conceptual framework to harness new possibilities to produce energy together that is sustainable economically speaking, good for the environment and society at large, and this movement is capturing momentum.

producers with new income streams - who pays for these income streams? The low and low/middle income folks that do not have the disposable income to "invest".
Support would grow substantially if Green Energy was more affordable to the average consumer.