Put a Price on Carbon

In Current, Intervention by indulgence_old

This letter was written by Patricia Taylor, one of our regular contributors, and published online by the New York Times. You can find it on their website here.

Re “Antarctic Dispatches” (news series, May 20):

We have been living with the possibility of rising sea levels for decades now. But new findings move the consequences closer in time, by the middle of the century, and leave each of us with the troubling question, What can I do?

There is a policy proposal being discussed by citizens around the country who are taking the idea to their representatives for bipartisan legislation. It’s a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend, which places a fee on fossil fuels at the source, gives all the revenues back to American households and harnesses the free market to accomplish both climate stability and economic gain.

You report scientists as saying that “aggressive emission cuts might well stabilize Antarctica for centuries.” Think about it; then contact your representatives in Congress and demand that they put a price on carbon.

PATRICIA TAYLOR, NEW YORK

The writer is a volunteer with Citizens’ Climate Lobby.