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Letter: Carbon tax bill could be improved

5:57 PM, Mar. 13, 2013  |  Comments
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Editor: President Obama has asked Congress to address global climate change, warning them by saying, "? if Congress won't act soon to protect future generations, I will."

I assume he is referring to an Executive Order. In response to that warning, Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Bernie Sanders have introduced The Climate Protection Act (S 332), which puts a tax on carbon-based fuels and returns much of the revenue to households.

This approach utilizes the power of the free market to lower greenhouse gas emissions. By giving revenue back to households, it protects consumers from the economic impact of higher energy costs associated with the carbon tax.

While this is a good bill, I think that there could be improvements to it. We should make this bill revenue-neutral, meaning that all of the revenue would be returned to households. Republicans would be more likely to cosponsor a revenue-neutral bill.

The tax must ramp up more aggressively; at least by $10 per ton each year; in order to achieve the reductions of CO2 needed to avert disaster. I have written to Senators Baldwin and Duffy to consider co-sponsoring this worthy effort.

Donald Wyeth

Curtiss

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