Letter: Time for a carbon tax
Re “From Gore, a grim warming” (Monitor editorial, Feb. 7):
In his new book, The Future, Al Gore notes that one effective way to reduce carbon emissions would be to implement a federal carbon tax. He also notes that any effort to enact legislation that puts a price on carbon has been blocked by professional anti-tax activists.
Would these professional anti-tax activists really prefer a regulatory approach to the problem of climate change? Would it not make more sense to implement a market-based approach that expands the use of clean energy and reduces emissions without heavy-handed edicts from Washington?
If you believe in limited government and are skeptical about the efficacy of federal regulations, why not embrace a carbon tax that’s offset by income and payroll tax reductions, or a carbon tax with all collected revenues returned to the public as a dividend? It’s hard to think of an easier solution.
DEVONE R. TUCKER