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Carbon fee is best climate change option [Letter]

I was happy to see the Sun cover the National Climate Assessment released this week that detailed the effects climate change is already having on the U.S. ("White House climate change report unveils dire warnings, call for action," May 6).

The highlight of the article was the comment from Vicki Arroyo, the executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center, about the report's "focus on solutions, not just warnings." She insightfully points out that simply listing the consequences of climate change is not enough to inform readers; reports must focus on the actions government and communities can take to prevent climate disaster.

It is time to empower Americans to take real action on climate change within the free market by implementing a carbon fee. This one piece of legislation has the power to bring about the energy shift necessary for a stable environmental and economic future.

Taylor Smith-Hams, Baltimore

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