Reprinted from the San Diego Union Tribune August 12, 2013.
FEELS TIME IS RIGHT FOR CARBON POLLUTION FEE
Three articles were published this past week on climate change.
The first concerned a poll showing an overwhelming desire by Californians to combat climate change. Seventy-seven percent say global warming is “very serious” or “somewhat serious,” and 65 percent want immediate steps to counter it.
The second discussed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report confirming “rapid” and “remarkable changes” in key global warming indicators, including spikes in ocean temperatures and record Arctic and Greenland ice melts, and that 10 of the past 15 years have been the hottest since 1880.
The third discussed a state report showing broad effects already occurring in California, including ocean acidification.
Isn’t it time we urge a national revenue-neutral carbon pollution fee, with a rebate to all households, to start the necessary course correction?