Letter: Carbon pricing needed
I agree with the May 25 letter “Climate action needed,” but, according to the worldwide scientific community, we’re running out of time. We need to stop calling for action and start implementing proven solutions. Virtually all major economists, worldwide, over 2,500 of them, nine with Nobel Prizes, support carbon pricing to protect the economy and create jobs (Wikipedia). The problem is that nobody wants to pay higher energy bills.
Fortunately, we have a way to make fossil fuel corporations rather than the public pay for the transition to a clean energy economy. We can tax oil, coal and gas out of existence with a steadily increasing carbon tax that’s paid, not to the government, but directly to every taxpayer every month in equal monthly checks (citizensclimatelobby.org).
It won’t cost ratepayers or taxpayers anything. And rightly so. Making the public pay for the damages fossil fuel corporations have caused is like asking the residents of Flint, Michigan, to pay for the damages their poisoned water system have inflicted on them.
The country’s largest oil and coal corporations knew what they were doing when they decided to bury the evidence their own scientists were giving them showing the existential threat that burning fossil fuels would cause. They chose to secretly spend millions funding a climate change denial operation based directly on the tobacco industry’s denial that smoking causes lung cancer (“Climate Deception Dossiers” ucsusa.org and Scientific American).
We need to elect congressional representatives who will legislate in the pubic interest rather than looking out for the interests of the fossil fuel industry. Check out dirtyenergymoney.org and see who’s funding the election campaigns of your members of congress.
And if you want to do something about climate change, check out the Citizens Climate Lobby website.
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