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Other nations would negate any U.S. attempt to tackle climate change

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Updated: September 26, 2013 6:37AM



In an editorial last Wednesday [“Global warming is real, and it’s our fault — let’s fix it”], the Sun-Times was right to recognize any attempt to reduce global temperatures by a significant amount is going to require global cooperation. But I think the editorial board is overly optimistic about the likelihood of a future international agreement to limit carbon emissions. According to the International Energy Agency, China, India and Germany already are expanding coal consumption and increasing emissions. In fact, coal is the world’s fastest-growing fossil fuel, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2013. Unless a new source of electricity generation emerges that’s cheaper than coal, these trends are likely to continue, no matter what any international spokesperson might say.

With the EPA having just announced earlier this year that U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have been declining since 2007, is it really worth enacting costly greenhouse gas-restricting regulations without it having any effect on the climate?

Taylor Smith,
The Heartland Institute,
Chicago

Kids need healthy choices

At a time when there’s a new story in the paper each morning about another food or drink that must be avoided for health reasons, it was refreshing to learn about Chicago’s progress toward eliminating food deserts [“City’s food deserts drying up as healthy choices move in,” Aug. 15]. We need a day-to-day environment in which healthy options are available, because without options in what we eat and drink, health initiatives undoubtedly will fail. If extra-large sodas are the only beverage available on a teenager’s walk home from school, he will, of course, walk home sipping on the sugary beverage. However, if water, tea and juices are available — if he has choices available in his day-to-day environment — he will have the opportunity to make the choice that is best for him.

There is still much more work to do to improve the health of Chicagoans and their neighborhoods, but it’s great to see the engagement of the public sector, private sector and nonprofits towards eradicating food deserts. By working together, we can do more to successfully address complex issues and I look forward to seeing continued results of this initiative and others.

Edgar Pineda, Little Village



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