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When my children were young and inclined to squabble, I quickly learned the futility of trying to determine “Who started it?” A much better approach was to ask, “Who is smart enough to stop it?”

Seems like that would be a wise question to be asking today about the threat that climate change poses to the future of those very children — and their children. No matter how it started, what is crucial now is that we do what’s needed to stop it. Fuel-efficient cars, well-insulated buildings and Energy Star appliances are all steps in the right direction, but they are baby steps.

A problem this big needs giant steps to make a meaningful difference. We Americans, with a stable government, huge economy, educated populace and strong sense of right and wrong are well positioned to take those giant steps.

Fee and dividend legislation would help us reduce CO2 emissions with an orderly, predictable, market-driven process and would demonstrate again our exceptional proficiency as a world leader, not only today, but for generations to come.

Laurel Van Ham, Lincoln

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