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Taxing carbon will reduce emissions

7:30 AM EDT, September 16, 2013

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I was sorry to learn that special interest groups are looking out for themselves with total disregard for the nation's best interests as they seek to undo former President George W. Bush's major piece of climate change legislation, the Renewable Fuel Standards Act ("How Big Poultry sided with Big Oil," Sept. 11).

However, the Renewable Fuel Standards Act will only reduce vehicular emissions, and only by a relatively small amount. What we really need is legislation that will motivate all industries across the economy and around the world to reduce emissions.

What legislation would work such miracles? A revenue-neutral carbon tax could do just that. By taxing all fossil fuels at their point of production, the tax works evenly across all industries. By charging a carbon tax on all imports, it would push other nations to pass their own carbon-pricing legislation.

Perhaps commentator Reid Detchon will have an honest discussion with his fellow Republican, Rep. Andy Harris, and convince him to co-sponsor carbon tax legislation.

Judy Weiss, Brookline, Mass.