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Opinion: Carbon tax needed to reduce pollution


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The science is clear: unless the world moves quickly to reduce the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, humanity will have forced the climate into a new, hotter state that is inhospitable to most life on this planet, including ourselves. Our grandchildren will look back and ask themselves, “Why did they let this happen? Didn’t they care about us?”

To reduce greenhouse gases, it is urgently important that our economy make a rapid transition away from the use of fossil fuels. Economists tell us that the best way to do that is to put a tax on the production of fossil fuels so that their price reflects their true cost, including climate change and other environmental damage.

I think that people would accept such a tax if the need for it were clearly explained and if it were made revenue-neutral by either reducing other taxes by the same amount or by returning all carbon tax revenues to a savings account for each American household.

Wes Ernsberger

Owego

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