Governor Brown shows leadership on climate change

07/29/2014 7:07 AM

07/30/2014 5:49 AM

Re "Governor, Mexico form pact to fight climate change" (Page A1, July 29): Gov. Brown has consistently shown leadership in tackling global warming, signing agreements with various regions and countries to reduce carbon pollution, most recently Mexico. Both California and Mexico have plans in place to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and have implemented important carbon pricing systems. California has a cap-and-trade system, while Mexico has a modest carbon tax.

In both regions, there are concerns about these carbon pricing systems causing energy and fuel prices to rise. These concerns could be addressed through revenue neutrality. For example, taxes on carbon pollution from gasoline could be returned to the taxpayers in the form of a monthly check, with an equal rebate to each citizen. The rebate offsets rising fuel costs while giving people a financial incentive to cut their carbon pollution.

Only those who consume the most fuel end up with higher gas bills.

-- Dana Nuccitelli, West Sacramento

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