Claims being made about the need to protect U.S. jobs and prosperity by rejecting the climate change issue are completely unfounded. In fact, there are now more than five times more jobs in climate-friendly clean energy (wind, solar, etc.) than in coal.
Market forces favor clean power and the rapidly growing number of jobs it supports, despite tax subsidies that still unfairly support polluting fossil-fuels.
In fact – with supreme irony – those who deny the need to cut the emission of climate-warming greenhouse gases are distorting energy markets, while also working against America’s economy and quality of life.
Major threats to marine food supplies, as well as billions of dollars in property damage caused by rising sea levels, are just two of many dire dangers that grow as climate disruption is ignored in U.S. policy. These and related climate-change damages will take an enormous toll that will be especially harmful to coastal areas.
Some 10,000 jobs in coastal Georgia are derived from fisheries that will suffer greatly as marine resources further decline because of climbing ocean temperature and acidification. Thousands of other jobs here are generated by tourism that will be in harm’s way as temperatures rise and storm-surge threats accelerate.
Across many economic sectors, a host of the nation’s business leaders strongly support U.S. actions needed to successfully confront climate change.
The longer we delay in eliminating the causes of our overheating climate, the more our nation will suffer – economically and environmentally.
David C. Kyler
St. Simons Island
The writer is executive director of the nonprofit environmental group Center for a Sustainable Coast.