Learn from Microsoft example to enact federal carbon tax

Published: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 - 8:11 am

Re "Microsoft to buy power from Texas wind farm" (Business, Nov. 5): The Bee reported that Microsoft Corp. charges a "carbon fee", an "internal tax of sorts,", on its departments for every ton of carbon produced in order to work toward making the company carbon neutral.

Microsoft is a smart company and this kind of sound economic approach is the most effective way to reduce carbon emissions. A federal carbon tax would significantly reduce carbon emissions and avoid serious economic, health, and environmental impacts to our children and grandchildren. All revenue from the tax should be returned to the public as monthly or annual payments to protect households from rising costs associated with a carbon tax. A carbon tax would not grow government and is supported by conservatives such as George Shultz, Art Laffer, Gary Becker, and Andrew Moylan.

-- Bill Becker, Gold River

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