Letter: The price of inaction
Katy Burns’s “What’s in it for the average climate change skeptic?” does an excellent job of presenting how “unhinged” climate denier beliefs are (Sunday Monitor, May 18).
It’s time the silent majority spoke up and let Congress know we want them to do something about climate change. The IPCC’s latest reports say we must reduce carbon emissions by 40 to 70 percent in the next 15 years or we’ll risk “catastrophic” climate change, meaning runaway global warming leading to “societal collapse” and eventually we’ll be Venus.
A revenue-neutral carbon tax will cost us nothing and save us trillions. A carbon pollution tax paid by fossil fuel corporations to us, the consumers, not the government would help, not hurt our economy. When fossil fuels cost more than renewables, people naturally will switch, using their tax money. Most people are projected to profit or at least break even.
As they scale up, solar and wind energy will cost less than fossil fuels do now. Imports from countries like China will be taxed according to their CO2 emissions, so it encourages them to go green and us to buy American, using our tax money.
Eight Nobel economists support this plan. It’s market-driven and requires no government regulations. See the Citizens Climate Lobby website for details.
Climate change has already cost American taxpayers over a trillion dollars (NOAA website). We can cut our losses by phasing out fossil fuels ASAP. The IEA says five more years of inaction on climate will cost about $5 trillion more.