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A Republican meteorologist looks at climate change | Commentary. By Paul Douglas Paul Douglas, a Minnesota meteorologist and author, writes a regular weather feature in the Star Tribune.

A Republican meteorologist looks at climate change | Commentary

This article first appeared Thursday on the Huffington Post. I'm going to tell you something that my Republican friends are loath to admit out loud: climate change is real. I'm a moderate Republican, fiscally conservative; a fan of small government, accountability, self-empowerment and sound science. I am not a climate scientist. If fossil fuel subsidies were distributed to every person, we’d each get $58/year. Globally, every year fossil fuels get six times as much money in subsidies than renewable energy.

If fossil fuel subsidies were distributed to every person, we’d each get $58/year

Given a world population of around 7 billion, that means every man woman and child on the planet is spending an average of $58 a year to prop this industry up, but only around $9 to support renewables. That might not sound like a lot, but keep in mind that 2 billion people on this planet live on less than $2 a day — to them, it’s a month’s wages. Here’s an idea: Instead of giving all that money to fossil fuel companies who are currently posting record profits, why not simply send everybody a check for that amount?