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February 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Climate concerns

Carbon tax tops “cap and trade”

This week, I saw the release of a new report on the future of Washington’s climate. Warren Cornwall aptly conveyed the urgency of the message in his article, “Report: Climate change to wallop state” [Local News, Feb. 11].

The report provides further confirmation that climate change is real and it is serious. We need to act now to avoid some of the worst consequences.

We need to put a price on carbon. This would favor clean energy over dirty energy and reward businesses and individuals who make energy efficiency a top priority.

Although more popular, “cap and trade” is too complex and much too slow. In contrast, a revenue-neutral carbon tax would be quick to implement, transparent and would not require complex-trading schemes.

Congress and the Obama administration intend to pass a climate-and-energy policy by Memorial Day. Now is the time to call on our elected representatives to protect our interests and those of our grandchildren.

— Guillaume Mauger, Seattle

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