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November 4, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Carbon tax will help the environment and economy

Social safety net won’t last forever

Our nation faces many threats to its future. One of them is climate change [“Can sea life adapt to souring oceans? page one, Nov. 3].

A huge, whopping carbon tax is probably the only feasible way for the government to influence the market and bring about a change in behavior and products to address climate change.

Another threat is the failure of our social safety net in the short term.

Social Security is the only retirement savings that more than half of us have. How devastating to the economy will it be to have 80 to 90 million of us living in poverty, on $1,200 a month plus food stamps, minus our Medicare premiums? And to be too old to do any meaningful physical work? Can you live that way?

Republicans offer cuts to Medicare and Social Security, and say no to a carbon tax. This is a slow snowball of a crisis that will crush our nation if not addressed in a meaningful way.

Will our public debt be as crushing? And for whom? I don’t own any Treasury bills, but I will collect Social Security. If I live through the crop failures, storms and forest fires.

This is not the time to reach a balanced compromise with deniers of science and math.

Robert Reed, Seattle

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