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Letter: Rep. Tipton, take the next step

Hats off to our representative, Scott Tipton, for championing a bill that got rid of needless government regulation and takes a small step in reducing the carbon we put in the air. Rep. Tipton made it much easier to get small hydroelectric projects approved in man-made canals, ditches and other man-influenced waterways.

The next step Tipton and Republicans should take is to make a bold move to reduce carbon emissions: sponsoring a carbon fee and dividend bill. Such a bill (check out citizensclimatelobby.org) would create millions of jobs and strengthen our economy while drastically reducing the carbon entering our atmosphere. The best part of it is that it uses the free-market approach rather than relying on government regulations.

Tipton has shown he understands the need for free-market solutions to energy problems. Carbon fee and dividend is an obvious next step.

Peter Westcott


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