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David Cain: I beg to differ

Norm Sauer’s Sept. 21 column, “If you can control carbon you can control life,” takes the position that: CO2 “is clean, makes for growth, and makes it green.” 2. Man-made global warming is a conspiracy concocted by a few scientists; 3. Even if it were happening, schemes to regulate CO2 will merely transfer wealth to the government. I beg to differ.

CO2 is a naturally occurring gas that is true. Sugar also is natural, but too much causes diabetes. CO2 is our earth’s natural thermostat. But, burning fossil fuels has raised the setting, injecting too much ‘glucose’ in our atmospheric ‘bloodstream.’ Since 2000, Earth has broken all-time monthly heat records 30 times and seasonal heat records 11 times. 2015 will be a humdinger. Clearly, something’s awry.

Thousands of scientists, not just a few, agree that evidence of human-caused global warming is overwhelming. Over 80 academies of science around the world also concur. If this is a conspiracy, it’s on a scale never seen before.

But, there is a simple, effective solution to Mr. Sauer’s carbon concerns. A revenue neutral market-based solution carbon fee and dividend (CF&D) advocated by the Citizens Climate Lobby will keep government out of the atmospherics.

David Cain

Los Altos, Calif.

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