The middle class and climate change

04/04/2014 5:03 PM

04/01/2014 12:31 PM

Re "Regulation hits middle class," (Page E2, March 30): Letter writer Ronald Stein is concerned that the middle class are the ones who can least afford higher costs for power, transportation fuels and food that come as a result of regulation.

He has a point, but there is a way to control greenhouse gas emissions without further regulation or costs to the middle class. A common sense, market-based solution is a fee on carbon-based fuels at the source with all of the money given back to American households via a dividend check to offset any price increases. It wouldn't grow government or regulations. It would effectively reduce future impacts of climate change.

According to the latest IPCC report "Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change." And that includes middle-class Americans.

-- Christine Bailey, Gold River

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