Carbon tax is needed

02/01/2014 5:02 PM

02/03/2014 10:40 AM

Re Carbon tax: President Barack Obama's place in the history books will be determined by the actions he takes to address climate change. In the State of the Union speech, the president highlighted the steps his Environmental Protection Agency has taken to begin regulating carbon emissions from power plants, but we need a more comprehensive solution.

There is a bipartisan solution available: a revenue-neutral carbon tax that utilizes the free market to solve the climate problem without increasing the size of government. However, carbon tax legislation requires the support of Republicans in Congress.

Generating this bipartisan support is the goal of the grassroots organization Citizens Climate Lobby. If they help to pass carbon tax legislation, the history books will view the Republican Party in a far more positive light than if they continue to obstruct all efforts to manage the risks posed by climate change.

-- Dana Nuccitelli, West Sacramento

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