Here is a great Letter to the Editor of the Press-Citizen from Iowa City volunteer Jamie McCoy. Thanks Jamie!

A puffin in the coal mine

The worst breeding season ever of Atlantic puffins in the Gulf of Maine this year is another wake-up call to humanity that climate change is real and we need to act.

In the largest puffin colony in the Gulf of Maine normal chick survival is 60 percent. This year it was 12 percent with those surviving in poor condition. The failure is attributed to a sudden drop in food supply because of warmer ocean temperatures. Sad stories like this will become increasingly common if we do not decrease consumption of fossil fuels. In addition to wildlife tragedies, we are seeing increasing human tragedies from storms, droughts and sea level rise.

We don’t have to throw up our hands in helplessness. A fee and dividend system for fossil fuel reduction can incent the free market system to efficiently guide us to a low-carbon future without harm to the economy or hardship for the less well off. For a detailed description of this idea go to citizensclimatelobby.org.

James McCoy
Iowa City


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