We need common ground on climate change economics

Published: Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014 - 2:03 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Re "Skeptical of climate 'religion' " (Letters, March 12): The writer calling climate change "the new religion of environmental fanatics" does not help us work together on a problem that involves all of us.

Global warming from increased carbon dioxide is continuing with the ocean absorbing much of the heat. The writer states that carbon-based fuels have provided a "standard of living never seen before." This is true if one does not include the economics of the long-term and social costs.

As the carbon emissions heat our planet, the costs for storms, floods, wildfires and drought will be paid by our grandchildren via much higher taxes for a significant expansion of government to deal with increasing natural disasters. That is why conservatives such as William Kristol have said carbon emissions are a problem and the best way to deal with them is a revenue neutral carbon tax.

-- William Becker, Gold River

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