St. Croix County may face a yellow vest-type revolt

In November 2018, St. Croix County Supervisor Roy Sjoberg suggested a carbon tax. After the threat of a Yellow Vest-like revolt, that tax was postponed for another day. That day has arrived.

St. Croix County Community Development Committee voted 3-1 to further discuss a resolution “recognizing climate change and urging Congress to levy a revenue-neutral fee on carbon in fossil fuels.” The CDC is going to vote whether to forward this resolution to the full board 5 p.m. Sept. 19. The so-called carbon tax is nothing more than a tax on breathing.

Chair Dan Hansen allowed a 20-minute, one-sided presentation by the climate change hoaxers but refused to allow the same time to the opposition. Why?

In 2013, the National Association of Manufacturers released a statement “Adverse Economic Impacts of a Carbon Tax in Wisconsin” saying the cost of using natural gas would increase by more than 40% prices at the pump jump by more than 20 cents, household electricity increase 11%. “The tax would deal a blow to employment with a loss of worker income equivalent to 28,000 to 39,000 jobs in 2013 and 56,000 to 68,000 by 2023. The economic sectors hardest hit in 2023 would be agriculture, energy-intensive manufacturing, and non-energy-intensive manufacturing.”

The NAM also states that the increased costs of these critical fuels will impact every person and business in Wisconsin. “This is bad news for manufacturers, which consume one-third of our nation's energy supply,” the report says. “To make matters worse, many Wisconsin companies that compete internationally will be placed at a disadvantage as their foreign competitors operate without similar costs.

Go to www.CitizensForTheStCroixValley.com to view videos and to read more information on this hoax that may be perpetuated onto our county. The biggest polluters in the world would be exempt from any enforceable “carbon tax.”

In our cold, sometimes sunless and windless county, are you willing to rely on wind and solar to survive in our climate?

Make your voice heard during the citizen comments at the beginning of the Sept. 19 meeting at the St. Croix County Government Center, 1101 Carmichael, Hudson.

Darla Meyers

Hudson

Climate change isn’t really a partisan issue

Do you remember when George W. Bush ran for president and agreed with the vast scientific evidence that humans are accelerating earth’s warming? Remember when he vowed to work toward a solution?

As recently as 2008, climate change was not a partisan issue. What happened?

There many reasons why, but the media is largely to blame. In the interest of “equal time” it was common for an environmental newscast to have one expert representing the 95% of climate scientists who agree on urgent climate change action and then give the same amount of airtime to the “opposing” view. The opposing view represented a tiny percentage of opinion, yet got the same amount of time. People started to believe there was a real choice in what to believe.

When discussing climate change, there is no legitimate scientific evidence that is an equal alternative to the majority consensus. None.

In 2008 there was no partisan debate about the effects of human activity on the planet and there shouldn’t be one now. The science hasn’t changed.

The only debate left is what we are going to do about it. HR763-Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 is place to start.

Danielle Johnson

New Richmond

Climate crisis must stay in public eye

In the current round of Democratic candidate debates I was heartened to see the subject of the climate crisis receiving attention along with other pressing problems we face as a nation and as a world. The 35 minutes of discussion of climate in the debates so far is an improvement over the total of five minutes given to climate change in all of the 2016 candidate debates combined, but it’s nowhere near enough.

Turn to any but the most politically compromised news outlet and the trouble we’re in is evident. Alaska is burning, the American west is burning, and Russia is burning, a global ring of fire.

A deadly heat wave has set all-time records in Western Europe, with Paris reporting its highest temperature ever, at 108.7 degrees Fahrenheit. The United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands have also sweltered in record-breaking heat.

If the message still isn’t clear enough, Europe’s Copernicus Climate Change Service has identified this past July as the hottest month ever recorded on earth.

And as the New York Times recently noted, environmental toxins released by the fires and flooding due to extreme weather directly threaten public health with higher incidence of cancer and respiratory illnesses such as asthma.

It’s time — past time — that the United States rejoin the international community in an all-out effort to mitigate these changes that endanger all life on our planet. I urge our candidates for public office to keep this issue in the public eye. A hopeful sign is CNN’s planned climate crisis “town hall” on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Americans overwhelmingly support action on the climate crisis, and we’ll be watching and listening. The hour is late and the fires of summer are coming nearer to us all.

Thomas R. Smith

River Falls