Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Greatly Reduce Co2, or Brace for More Big Storms

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Greatly Reduce Co2, or Brace for More Big Storms

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and many of the news pundits have referred to the rainstorm that caused such terrible devastation recently as "a thousand-year storm."

While it is probably true that it has been a thousand years since such an enormous amount of rain has fallen on the area in such a short time, it is also true that this will happen again in much less than another thousand years.

Global climate change has heated the South Carolina coastal waters to record high temperatures. This, coupled with warmer air temperatures, creates the perfect recipe for a repeat of the recent storm. The warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture than before, and the warmer ocean waters will evaporate more readily. This will only get worse as the climate continues to heat up.

Therefore, it is clear that the conditions leading to extreme weather are the new normal and are not a once-in-forever anomaly. Gov. Haley and other state and national officials should recognize this new climate reality.

The climate is heating because of the ever increasing amount of carbon dioxide being discharged by burning coal, oil and natural gas. It is critical that the federal government take decisive action to alleviate this problem. The single action that could have the most positive effect would be to implement the fee-and-dividend approach on carbon that is advocated by the Citizens Climate Lobby. This approach is revenue-neutral and will greatly reduce CO2 emissions, create jobs and provide positive incentives for alternate energy development.

ROD ELDER

South Park

Games for greed

I've been hearing about the fairness of a one-game wild-card playoff in Major League Baseball. I believe the wild-card game is not needed.

It satisfies MLB greed. It has created two extra games with outrageous prices. It is as simple as A, B, C and D. When you have your A, B, C and need a D, you normally go for the team in second place with the highest number of wins.

Thanks to the generosity of family members, I went to a few Pirates games this past season, even the final. …

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