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Support Green New Deal to combat climate change: Letters

Support Green New Deal to combat climate change: Letters

This Letter to the Editor was first published February 28, 2019 on the Daily Bulletin.

Re “The Green New Scam” (Opinion, Feb. 17):

The Green New Deal deserves unanimous support from Inland Empire representatives — a region severely impacted by climate change in regard to clean water access, severely poor air quality and wildfires.

This bold framework for future legislation is designed to eliminate the U.S. carbon footprint by 2030. This generation is not interested in platitudes, and we demand actions that reflect the needs of the people.

The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there are only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

Our country and communities deserve bold policies that uplift all with critical investments that combat climate change, create good high-paying jobs and fight racial, economic and gender inequity.

When we envision the world we wish to leave our children and future generations, it has to be one that is sustainable and equitable for all.

— Kareem Gongora, Fontana

The Nordic model of social democracy

Re “The perplexing, growing popularity of socialism” (Opinion, Feb. 19):

Tom Campbell says he is perplexed why socialism in its various forms we see today is so popular.

It may have to do something with the Nordic model of social democracy, which has the Nordic countries ranked highest in the ratings of GDP per capita, life expectancy and minimal corruption, where the United States is sinking.

These countries, especially Denmark, have a relatively high rating in quality of life. The current media says little about these facts, but people do seem to learn more and more online and not from those who try to mix up the Nazi National Socialist Party with the U.S. version of socialists, who speak out and march against the racists and fascists.

Things would be so much less perplexing if education was a bit more valued here. Also, the writer fears the effects of possible higher taxes. If I remember, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower raised taxes and we were fine, if not better. Ronald Reagan of course did not raise them so high, but he did sometimes raise them. As they say, nothing to fear but fear itself.

— Steve Ivanovics, Riverside

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