The patient is sick; his habits are making it worse. Prince William’s Earthshot awards are wake-up calls and tonics for earth and us, but the patient won’t take the medicine. Selfish corporations and governments talk about remedies for climate change, but as Greta Thunberg says, it is mostly “blah, blah, blah.” We are in cruise control toward health, economic, environmental, and planetary disasters, but where are the brakes? The Biden administration’s attempt to resolve the climate crisis is mired down in politically sensitive social programs and greed from politicians whose power stems from fossil fuels. Whiners complain that other countries are the problem, but the United States forsakes its global leadership. We need a price on carbon (returned as a dividend to our populace for palatability), and we need a border adjustment tax so that China pays for its carbon emissions. When our children suffer from extreme heat and economic stress, how will they think of you and our generation?
JOHN W. SHACKLETON JR., ATLANTA