Letters to the Editor

Letters: Friedenberg will address climate change crisis; kudos to Wolf for his plans to slash carbon pollution

Friedenberg will address climate change crisis

Marc Friedenberg knows the difference between climate and weather, unlike our president and some in Congress. We can no longer afford to have leaders who deny climate change by bringing a snowball into Senate chambers, ignoring the global context of climate change and foolishly comparing a short-term, regional winter pattern to the unequivocal, long-term upward trend in global temperatures.

In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a special report that underscored the urgency to expediently curb greenhouse-gas emissions. We are now likely committed to a warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Farenheit) above pre-industrial levels.

We must take action now to avoid an increase of 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100. The difference between the two scenarios is striking. For example, the IPCC has high confidence that impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems, including species loss and extinction, will be lower if we take action now and limit the warming to 1.5 degrees Cesius.

According to the IPCC report: “Coral reefs, for example, are projected to decline by a further 70–90% at 1.5°C (high confidence) with larger losses (greater than 99%) at 2°C (very high confidence). The risk of irreversible loss of many marine and coastal ecosystems increases with global warming, especially at 2°C or more (high confidence).”

I enthusiastically endorse Marc Friedenberg as the logical nominee to represent the 12th Congressional District. He will responsibly and expediently address the crisis of climate change, whose urgency transcends political party, in my opinion. We cannot delay any longer.

Lee Grenci, State College. The author is a retired senior lecturer and senior forecaster in Penn State’s Deparment of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Taking time to realize our perfection

I worked as an Uber driver during last week’s sorority rush events at Penn State. Setting aside whether or not a sorority is a thing even worth getting into, I was saddened to see the number of women getting into my car in tears because they didn’t make it, and judging themselves and everyone around them for exactly the wrong reasons. At every step of our lives we are bombarded with imagery and signifiers of success that make us feel inadequate, when in fact we are beautiful and perfect beings. When we meditate, when we make art, when we cook a meal with love, when we take a walk in the woods, when we’re kind to a stranger, when we’re kind to ourselves, we get closer to the realization of our perfection. It’s not something we have to make or do or achieve. It already is. All we have to do is realize it.

Jason Crane, State College

Kudos to Wolf for his plans to slash carbon pollution

On Jan. 8, Governor Tom Wolf issued an executive order that sets the Keystone State on the road to hammering out a program to curb carbon emissions. He commits us to reducing greenhouse gases 26 percent by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels, consistent with the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.

Pennsylvania marks, at least, the 17th state to commit to the Paris Climate Accord in the face of inaction on the federal level. After President Trump took office, the USA became the first country to withdraw from the Accord’s climate goals, drawing intense criticism internationally and domestically.

The governor’s order re-establishes the Green Government Council, with its goals to reduce energy consumption in state government by 21 percent, procure 40 percent of state agency use from renewable sources, and replace 25 percent of the state fleet with electric vehicles by 2025.

Wolf’s actions are a bold statement which signals that Pennsylvania is going to do its part to curb global climate disruption by cutting dangerous pollution while promoting job growth across the state. Already, major cities like Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are committed to meeting the Paris climate goals while many local municipalities, such as Ferguson Township here, are leading the way with similarly ambitious ordinances and resolutions.

The science is clear — climate change is happening all around us. Kudos to Governor Wolf for his plans to slash carbon pollution.

Douglas M. Mason, Port Matilda. The author is the chairman of the Sierra Club Moshannon Group.