I appreciate all of the letters supporting a carbon tax (fee) and promoting Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). Christopher Arend is concerned that people who live in rural areas will be hurt by a fee on carbon. I would like to clarify how the fee-and-dividend legislation, as proposed by CCL, would work.
Combusted fossil fuels affect the environment by releasing carbonbased gases into the atmosphere (CO2). These gases, along with methane from fracking, are causing global warming.
If Mr. Arend had indeed studied CCL’s proposed carbon fee and dividend proposal, he would know it is a market-based incentive to reduce the use of fossil fuels, with wide support from economists.
Calculated from the carbon content released at its sources, the fee is assessed on well heads, mines and ports of entry, certainly NOT on livestock flatulence.
All money raised by the fee would be returned directly to households to offset rising energy costs. In addition to lowering greenhouse gas emissions, a carbon fee will make alternative, clean energy sources more cost competitive
CCL is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, international organization concerned with one thing: lowering CO2 emissions before we reach the tipping point.
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