Impose a carbon tax

Published: Friday, Jun. 6, 2014 - 10:06 am

Re "Insiders get green energy millions" (Dan Morain, June 1); "Brown's march to an alternative energy future" (Tom Hayden, June1): Dan Morain's look at the unintended consequences of Assembly Bill 2267 of 2008 and the Self Generation Incentive Program reveals the danger of subjecting climate change solutions to the money-driven political process. There is an alternative way to support alternative energy that works without enriching the companies or the 1 percent, a revenue neutral carbon tax. A fee would be charged where a fossil fuel is extracted, and the revenue generated from the carbon fee would be returned to citizens. As Tom Hayden's column points out, many solutions will be needed to slow down greenhouse gas emissions, and California can take the lead in ways that ripple out into our nation and the world. Support for a revenue neutral carbon tax at the state and national level will lead to a more equitable solution than the current schemes that enrich the already wealthy.

-- Rich Howard, Carmichael

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