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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

November 29, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Climate change: Carbon tax is the best solution

NRG Energy Chief Executive David Crane should be applauded for his commitment to carbon reductions, but I disagree with his continuing reliance on coal and carbon capture, a yet-unproven technology to accomplish his carbon reduction goals [“NRG’s business ideas on carbon reduction,” Opinion, Nov, 25].

He acknowledges that a “carbon tax” would be a great way of reducing emissions, but believes it is politically impossible. Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), a nonpartisan group, is actively promoting enacting  a revenue-neutral carbon tax  with all fees generated returned to the public, which we believe is something even conservatives should be able to support as a viable revenue-neutral solution for carbon reductions.

Moreover, a recently released Regional Economic Models Inc. (REMI) study predicts that enacting a carbon tax would not harm the economy, but would increase domestic productivity and jobs, and reduce carbon emissions by half within 20 years. Last week, CCL gave a widely attended bipartisan REMI briefing to members of Congress. CCL believes a carbon tax would be a much more effective way to bring carbon emissions down.

David Kendall, Edmonds

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