Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Readers Respond

News Opinion Readers Respond

Taxing carbon will reduce emissions

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.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Obama's words and actions at odds

    Obama's words and actions at odds

    Your editorial on President Barack Obama's speech at the Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremony rightly commended him for his straightforward discussion of climate change ("The danger of climate denial," May 22).

  • The danger of climate denial

    The danger of climate denial

    It's Memorial Day, and the forecast is for renewed mocking and derision regarding man-made climate change from the know-nothing, science-averse wing of the Republican Party. President Barack Obama's warning — issued during his commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation ceremonies...

Comments
Loading

70°