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December 26, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Inslee’s carbon plan: The benefit of a carbon-neutral plan

We’re fortunate to have an activist governor on climate change, so I hate to quibble. But as The Seattle Times suggests in a recent editorial, “A revenue-neutral approach — one that would mitigate consumer’s costs of a carbon tax — would be both less financially risky and more politically viable in the divided Legislature,” than Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal [“Inslee’s budget goals are good; approach is risky,” Opinion, Dec. 21].

Tax the carbon, return the revenue to Washington householders via a dividend, and let us make the decisions about which technologies to support. The dividend would help defray the costs of higher gasoline, which would undoubtedly be passed along to consumers — but we could also have an incentive to switch to carbon-neutral sources of energy.

Under a Citizens’ Climate Lobby proposal for a steadily rising fee on carbon — rising $10 per ton of CO2 each year and returning revenue to households — 2.8 million jobs would be added nationally because of the economic stimulus of recycling all the revenue into the pockets of people who are likely to spend it, while CO2 emissions would drop 50 percent within 20 years, according to a Regional Economic Models, Inc. report.

Definitely a “twofer.”

Mary Davies, Seattle

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