I've been in this business probably for fifty years this hatchery started in 1978 one of the very first shellfish hatcheries on the west coast in 2007 we hit a stage where we couldn't grow any larve at all.
We went into 2008 thinking well that was just a bad dream but 2008 was horrible year for us and it was really at that point that we knew we had a problem we get our water from the netarts bay I think scientists thought that the ph in the ocean will never be an issue but they started finding out that the dissolved co2 levels were extremely high mark's story is not unique.
Not only does carbon pollution lower the ocean's ph it changes the climate. People all over the world are suffering from severe droughts, reduce crop yields, longer fire seasons and vanishing snowpack. Well if nothing is done to reduce greenhouse gases, if nothing is done to reduce carbon what climate scientists are projecting into the future are things like temperature increases, sea level rise, various risks of extreme climate activities that will happen and these are going to cause real costs to businesses and households across the world scientists have warned for decades that carbon dioxide pollution would dangerously change our climate and yet the world burns fossil fuels faster every year our movement is fighting tirelessly to sustain the planet for future generations.
So how can we leverage our efforts to bring pollution under control? Perhaps it's time to address the problem at its source. Climate change is not a problem of too few hybrid electric cars or of too many gas pipelines.
This is a problem of accountability. The fossil fuel industry doesn't cover all its business expense. The rest of us do when billions of our tax dollars pay for superstorm clean up, drought relief and wildfire control.
If you put a price on carbon you make people realize that using something that has carbon content is actually more expensive that they realize to be begin with. But its up to them for businesses and households to figure out what is their best way to deal with it.
Economists across the political spectrum say, the clear way to hold polluters accountable is with a price on carbon. If we could hold polluters accountable for their own costs the bad stuff would get more expensive and when energy providers invest in cleaner alternatives the good stuff would get cheaper.
In oregon a young organization, oregon climate is bringing together committed volunteers, businesses and community leaders. Uniting them behind a simple idea; to put an end to free carbon dumping by charging companies more for choosing dirty energy and then returning that money to everyone.
The plan is simple, oregon can put an end to free carbon dumping with a simple fee. Polluters would pay a specific price for each ton of carbon dioxide.
And the price would rise every year in predictable increments. Then, consumers and businesses would be rewarded for conservation, and clean alternatives to fossil fuels would become cost-competitive. Meanwhile the millions of dollars in revenue would be distributed evenly to every oregonian as a cash dividend ranging from 500 to 1500 dollars per person per year we can use this money to offset the growing cost of climate change and ease the transition to a clean energy economy.
In just our first year, oregon climate has united thousands of people behind this idea, and our numbers are growing every day. As a part of our grassroots campaign, we are lobby our legislators, hosting phone banks and going door-to-door to build support for a carbon price and dividend policy.
If oregon adopts this policy we can prove that the climate crisis, need not be solved on the backs of low income families that there is a fair, affective, market-based approach to reducing carbon pollution its not like the other things we debate in politics that you can stand on either side.
I think the risk of doing nothing is so huge, so-costly, so dramatic of a change. And this is where you come in. If we build momentum behind this idea, with a broad-base of people like you, we can force decision makers in oregon to take notice it only takes one state to build a model of effective climate policy.
If we unite and ask for that policy by name, we can win it. So join us. Climate change is a real problem, now is the time for real solutions..
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