EPA regulations and Republicans

Published: Monday, Jun. 2, 2014 - 5:06 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 3, 2014 - 6:35 pm

Re "EPA expected to cap emissions from coal plants" (Page A1, June 2): The Environmental Protection Agency announced its draft power plant greenhouse gas regulations today, targeting a 30 percent cut in emissions from 2005 levels, by the year 2030. Republicans have already indicated their opposition.

The regulations will allow states flexibility in how they achieve required emission reductions. One solution is a revenue neutral carbon tax. A fee would be charged where a fossil fuel is extracted and all of the revenue generated would be returned to citizens.

This solution is entirely consistent with conservative Republican principles. It does not grow the size of government, it could be implemented without creating new government bureaucracies and new complex regulatory schemes, it does not seek to pick winning technological solutions, rather it allows the free market to determine how best to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Finally, it is the least costly solution for climate change.

A solution Republicans can love. What's not to like?

-- Harold Ferber, Elk Grove

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