Global warming heating up

I'm grateful to the Times for publishing "Study predicts dire warming trends globally" (Oct. 10). This latest study presents a grim timeline for the extreme heat our planet will experience permanently if we allow continuing emissions of greenhouse gases from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas.

We can stop this disastrous trend by instituting a revenue-neutral carbon fee that charges polluters and gives the money collected to households. This is a market-based solution advocated by liberals, moderates and conservatives alike. It can appeal to both Republicans and Democrats because it charges those who cause much of the problem, helps level the playing field for alternative, clean energy sources and does all of this without growing our government.

I urge readers to create the political will to make this happen by asking your representatives to support this solution now.

Marcia Cannon

Orinda

Obamacare compromise?

Robert Zanker accuses the tea party of being unwilling to compromise, and claims our Constitution would never have been ratified had tea partyers been present.

He does not understanding the events of 2010 or 1787.

Obamacare opponents have not been asked to compromise, but to capitulate. As another anti-Republican letter made clear, Obamacare is the best the Democrats could pass. They neither consulted Republicans in its drafting nor obtained a single Republican vote.


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Little study of the Founding Fathers is necessary to realize they would have found almost no common ground with big government Democrats of today. Many compromises were necessary in 1787, but there was unanimous support for a limited federal government that secured our inalienable rights and provided for the common defense. Obama and his acolytes might have felt more comfortable in the 18th century courts of Europe than America's Constitutional Convention.

Five unconstitutional presidential changes, including special treatment for Congress, and 1,200 waivers later, the law passed is not the law being implemented. Let's delay it a year and end up with a truly compromise solution.

Jim Rath

Lafayette