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Md. climate change curriculum should cover fee-and-dividend model

Thanks for your report about the National Science Foundation's efforts to increase knowledge of global warming in the mid-Atlantic region ("Maryland gets grant to help teach climate change," Aug. 15). Climate change is indeed a "touchy" subject to the uninformed; this initiative is necessary to combat such shortsightedness.

Here's hoping that a discussion about "what our options are" to deal with the problem includes a discussion of the fee-and-dividend model to reduce emissions. This model, embraced by climate scientists such as James Hansen, environmentalists such as Bill McKibben, and right-leaning pundits such as Jonathan H. Adler, calls for the establishment of a gradually rising fee on carbon, with all collected revenues distributed equally to the public. Fee-and-dividend would energize the American economy, create far more jobs than the Keystone XL pipeline, and allow America to overcome 25 years of inaction on climate change. It's the best tool we have for conquering the climate challenge, and it should be a focus of the NSF's curriculum.

D.R. Tucker, Brockton, Mass.

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