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I couldn't help noting the irony of your recent editorial on the last days of climate-change denial appearing shortly after Mitt Romney announced his decision not to run for the White House in 2016 ("Last gasp for climate change denial?" Feb. 2).

Mr. Romney, who embraced climate change denial in 2012l, reversed himself last month, saying he accepts the overwhelming scientific evidence linking carbon pollution to radical shifts in the Earth's climate.

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Now that he has concluded his political career, I hope Mr. Romney continues to use his voice and his clout to call for a bipartisan solution to the climate crisis.

I would hope the people who refused to listen to former Vice President Al Gore's statements on climate change because they loathe his political philosophy would give a fair hearing to Mr. Romney's views on the issue. Specifically, I hope Mr. Romney joins fellow Republican and former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson in the latter's effort to have Congress take the climate crisis seriously.

Mr. Paulson and Mr. Romney's longtime economic adviser, Gregory Mankiw, have long advocated federal legislation that would implement a carbon tax, offset by large cuts in corporate and income taxes, in order to reduce carbon pollution while protecting the economy.

By joining the call for such legislation to be passed, Mr. Romney would become a hero for our time, for our country and for our planet.

D. R. Tucker, Brockton, Mass.

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