The thoughtful letter by Henry Huang a couple of weeks ago about the impact of climate change on our wildfire dangers got my attention. Then the notice of a youth group aligned with Citizens Climate Lobby holding an event in Central Park in San Mateo this Saturday, Aug. 21, from 2-5 p.m. popped up in your local briefs.

What a great chance to support our concerned young people by listening to the goal they have for a carbon fee and dividend, that will be the big push that allows us to tame our climate and wildfires and floods.

Hope to see you at this outdoor event.

Joan Donovan

San Mateo

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It's the feckless management of our forest that's causing the fires, not climate change. Politicians blame it on climate change to escape accountability for ignoring the build up of undergrowth in our forest.

Terence Y

Ms. Donovan, maybe we can attend the event and educate these young’uns on the financial costs associated with these carbon fees and how they and their kids will pay for them via higher priced goods and services. We can do a poll and find out how many have inherited wealth so the bills won’t hurt them so much, although, their inherited wealth might be a bit smaller due to this redistribution of income. Perhaps we can also ask them about their knowledge of history and why Earth has gone through a number of Ice Ages, but not one “Steam” Age. Or why three million years ago temperatures and CO2 levels were higher, yet there were no humans driving cars, no plastic, no air conditioning and no aerosols. We can also ask them how they plan on taming climate and wildfires and floods. If they believe they’re capable of controlling Mother Nature, or electricity, or rain. Because if they are, there’s no need for any redistribution of income disguised as carbon fees and dividends.

Dirk van Ulden

Yes, let's hope that their mommies make them walk there instead of dropping them off with their gas guzzling SUVs.

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