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The following article was posted on July 16th, 2014, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 51 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 51

I've been waiting for this strategy

Judy Weiss - Brookline, Mass.

Heidi Harmon wrote an informative commentary explaining why a carbon tax charged on all fossil fuels and rebated to the public would serve as the best solution to climate change (“Climate crisis has no party affiliation,” May 22). Gary Wechter wrote a response to her commentary that criticized every point she made, however, he failed to provide a single shred of evidence to indicate any information she presented was faulty (“Climate change nonsense,” July 3). For example, after summarizing each of her points, Wechter countered with statements like “Does anyone besides me see anything wrong with that?” or “Somehow I don’t think so,” or “I’ll let the reader figure that one out.” Those statements are heavy with snark, but light on evidence.

A lead editor of the Wall Street Journal, not exactly a bastion of high-minded environmentalism, wrote an opinion piece blasting Henry Paulson and his risky business colleagues for scaring the public with more dire warnings about climate change (“Birth of a Climate Mafia,” July 2, Wall Street Journal). Instead, Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. wrote they should stop with the warnings and focus on a simple solution: “A straight-up, revenue-neutral carbon tax clearly is our first-best policy, rewarding an infinite and unpredictable variety of innovations by which humans would satisfy their energy needs while releasing less carbon into the atmosphere.”

As a retired CPA, I’ve been waiting for the WSJ to endorse a revenue-neutral carbon tax to lower emissions. It is a harbinger that Congress will act. I urge your readers to check out the local chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, meet Heidi Harmon, and join her as CCL volunteers lobby Congress to enact carbon tax and rebate legislation.