Letter: It is time for a transition to cleaner energy

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2017, file photo, visitors watch the sunset on the horizon at Hokitika on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. January 2018 was the hottest month ever recorded in New Zealand, and experts say climate change is one factor. (AP Photo/Mark Baker,File)

President Trump’s EPA “director” says that warming is good. Doubt he’s a skier; besides, his business-as-usual position condemns too many other species on Earth to extinction.

Business for the 21st century and beyond is going to be powered by cleaner energy than his corporate sponsors want to sell us. Their “Merchants of Doubt” were able to delay significant action for decades, but because it’s now impossible to hide the connection between burning fossil fuels and climate change, I’m hopeful we’ll soon move beyond burning these polluting fuels choking out our hopes for the future.

Will our businesses make the switch soon enough? That’s why using marketwide approaches being adopted in a few states and nations will be so important to speed the transition to cleaner energies. At their best, these proposals provide a simple, clear and transparent road map allowing businesses to succeed without risking our children’s future.

Interested in learning more about the exciting opportunities available to pioneers in the postcarbon economy? The Intermountain Sustainability Summit will be hosting great seminars and workshops including a keynote by Naomi Oreskes, author of “Merchants of Doubt.” The movie “Saving Snow” will be at Brewvies that evening, March 1, too!

Kevin Leecaster, Salt Lake City