I am writing in response to several recent articles about climate change and in particular your editorial of Oct. 21, "Climate change comes faster and more deadly," where you state "The cost (of inaction) is in the tens of trillions, much higher than the cost of making the changes and adjustments that might postpone the deadline. But that assumes our politicians are wise enough to understand the problem, which most in charge today are not, and courageous enough to lead the effort, which even fewer are."

In fact, some of our politicians have just taken the giant step of proposing legislation to address the high social and environmental costs of fossil fuels. Last month, two Republican and three Democrat House members introduced a bill that would impose a $15 per metric ton carbon fee on fossil fuel industries, with all revenue returned to the public to limit the pain of higher costs. With the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act they have taken the unprecedented bipartisan step to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating American jobs, unleashing innovation and improving public health.

I also applaud Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney who has responded with a proposal of his own and urge him to now throw his support behind the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. I strongly urge political leaders and the public to learn more about this bill and make it a reality. Waiting is not an option.

Olga Anderson

Highland Falls