READER'S EDITORIAL: WHY WE NEED A CARBON TAX, NOT CAP AND TRADE

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By Carol Slater
 
March 1, 2021 (San Diego) - I write with deep concern regarding the climate emergency in which we find ourselves, one that President Biden appears to be taking seriously, although most Americans remain dangerously uninformed concerning the critical natureof risk to the planet.

The Biden administration needs to know the public is supportive of real action to seriously reduce atmospheric carbon. Although the fossil fuel industry and others stand firmly against a carbon tax,  the fact that putting a price on carbon emissions is the most effictive, most efficient and fairest solution makes it likely that we can get bi-partisan support for it.
 
The "cap and trade" measures favored by the industries most responsible for carbon emissions are fraught with dangerous loopholes and opportunities for greenwashing.
 
I strongly support a carbon tax that puts the responsibility squarely on the
shoulders of those creating the problem.
 
The opinions in this editorial reflect the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of East Count Magazine. To submit an editorial for consideration, contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org.

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