Letters to the Editor

Climate change: Inslee plan conforms with reality

Re: “Gov. Inslee touts $9 trillion climate plan as economic boom,” (TNT, 5/17).

So Jay Inslee made a splash. At first glance, his plan seems wildly improbable. But consider:

98% of economists said a price on carbon would promote efficiency and innovation (New York University School of Law, November 2009).

Every metric ton of carbon dioxide emitted now will cost tomorrow’s economy from $12 to $120 (Interagency Working Group on Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases August 2016). We currently emit over 160 metric tons of carbon dioxide per second (U.S. Energy Information Administration, October 2017).

In 2017, extreme weather events cost the U.S. a whopping $306 billion. 97% of climate scientists are convinced, based on evidence, that human-caused global warming is happening.

If 97 civil engineers said the bridge you are about to cross will not sustain you, but three disagreed, would you still cross it?

Donna Schindler Munro, Bremerton