The Norman Transcript

Opinion

February 5, 2013

Carbon, climate and common sense

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NORMAN —

The United Arab Emirates is positioning itself at the center of renewable energy by hosting the headquarters of the IRENA, and China — world leader in hydro and wind power — just announced it will join the IRENA.

CO2-driven climate change poses social and environmental justice issues but also national security and national competitiveness issues. Will the U.S. take the lead in innovation or pass the baton to others?

Too big a problem for us? Tell that to the Greatest Generation who survived the Depression, defeated Hitler and won the Space Race. Great accomplishments are powered by great will.

Support those who support leading the U.S. in national security, national competitiveness and social and environmental justice. We need civil discourse on solutions to controlling emissions — multiple solutions, from new technologies, to simple conservation.

The science is clear. The U.S. should take the lead, if we wish to continue as a world leader.

Putting a price on carbon in a way that prevents undue hardship to low- and middle-income citizens is one of many proposed pathways to stimulate the innovation needed to lead to a secure, competitive, prosperous and sustainable future. There are other proposed solutions as well.

The key is to move beyond partisanship. Overcoming challenges by seizing opportunity is what has always defined America as beautiful.

Lynn Soreghan lives in Norman.

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