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Letter: Carbon plan needs more teeth
First Published Jun 04 2014 07:34 am • Last Updated Jun 04 2014 07:34 am

It’s a nice gesture to have U.S. EPA controls on carbon dioxide emissions being proposed, but regrettably this executive regulatory approach is doomed to legal delays so won’t provide the immediate response needed in order to avoid impending impacts from our fossil fuel burning. As documented in several recent reports damaging climate impacts are already affecting our society and economy which is why all of the major militaries have incorporated climate impacts into their strategic guidance plans and cities like Norfolk, VA are requesting billions of dollars to prepare for rising sea levels.

The president was forced into this ineffective approach by our obstructionist legislature so we need to pressure our representatives to implement an effective market–based approach that would trigger rapid, vigorous investment in renewable, clean energy development. The nonpartisan Citizens’ Climate Lobby proposes setting a price on carbon at the source (wellhead, mine, or port of entry) to provide a disincentive to this pollution while returning this carbon fee back equally to all citizens to help them transition from fossil fuels. This dividend would be like the Alaska Permanent Fund program and could be implemented similarly to Bush’s economic stimulus checks. Please contact your representative.

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Kevin Leecaster

Salt Lake City

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