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January 16, 2015 at 4:36 PM

Climate change: Don’t react to oil prices by selling electric cars

Regarding the article “Will drivers keep plugging in to electric cars as gas prices fall?” [Local News, Jan. 6]: In this economy, Herman Brigg’s desire to save money by giving up his electric car is understandable, but also extremely shortsighted. Such action will be bad for both his finances and the environment.

Oil companies are already reducing U.S. production. In six months, prices could rise. And given the self-interest of oil companies, who knows how high they will go?

Instead of giving up his electric car, Briggs should support plans for carbon pricing. Carbon pricing would incentivize growth in renewable energy, which would give Briggs freedom from oil pricing. It would also, like the cigarette tax reduces smoking, reduce the use of fossil fuels, helping us avoid catastrophic climate change.

Climate change will bring unimaginable costs: drought and rising food prices, dramatic sea-level rise and property loss, and health problems. A carbon fee is a market-based solution to avoid these dire outcomes.

It’s time to report intelligently on the elephant in the room.

Maggie Orth, Seattle

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