The Tribune has recently published a spate of letters supporting a carbon tax and promoting Citizens Climate Lobby.
The proposed tax (yes, I have studied the proposal) would hurt everyone who lives in the country as opposed to urban dwellers. We country folks need to travel much longer distances to get to work, shopping and school, and many of us have cattle, horses, etc. that could also be subject to taxation on their flatulence under the proposal. The carbon tax would take our money and return only a small portion while redistributing most our tax payments to those who live in cities, with the politicians and bureaucrats, of course, taking their skim. Even assuming that CO2 is a material factor in climate change, an issue that is by no means clear despite the phony claims of a 97 percent consensus, the proposed carbon tax would have no impact on the world’s climate. Instead, the tax would be just another example of people foolishly trying to appease the weather gods by sacrificing their neighbor’s wealth.