Carbon fees and dividends

By From page A12 | February 02, 2014

President Obama’s State of the Union speech offered a renewed call to action on climate change. The president said the time to act is now. And he again framed the issue in the context of our moral responsibility to leave a safe, stable climate for our children.

Our federal representatives — John Garamendi, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein — are among the leaders in moving this agenda forward.

Carbon taxes are a step in the right direction but not popular with Republicans. The carbon fee and dividend initiative offered by Citizen Climate Change is another good option. The fee is paid at the source (well, mine or port of entry) and the dividend goes to U.S. citizens. The ultimate effect is to even the economic playing field for renewables trying to compete with Big Oil.

Elizabeth Boardman

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