Letters to the Editor

California should rethink carbon pricing strategy

In this 2015 photo, a kayaker paddles along in Lake Tahoe, on the border of California and Nevada. A study says the average surface temperature of Lake Tahoe has risen faster over the past four years than any time on record.
In this 2015 photo, a kayaker paddles along in Lake Tahoe, on the border of California and Nevada. A study says the average surface temperature of Lake Tahoe has risen faster over the past four years than any time on record. Associated Press

Good editorial on the need for updating California’s world-leading climate policy (The Sacramento Bee, “Can California tune up its climate strategy?” Aug. 1).

Oops — except for omitting the solution: That’s the crucial concept of carbon pollution pricing to drive down GHG use and to maximize the clean, green energy and storage-batteries culture we want for our electron-driven lifestyle here — and to stimulate prosperity opportunities worldwide.

Cap and trade is an inefficient form of carbon pricing. Economists and increasing numbers of bipartisan legislators now favor the matured plan for a carbon waste fee with a refundable dividend to help family budgets increase and to keep CO2 tropospheric pollution from trapping more deadly heat — in perpetuity (CO2 stays trapped there for centuries keeping heat from reflecting and upsetting all ecosystems).

All living beings (well, maybe not beetles) now depend on leaving almost all fossil fuels unearthed. California should lead the way. Health disasters are already beginning. See: www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

Steve Hansen, San Luis Obispo

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