The “Polluter Pays” Principle

Joel Haber, LA Times, 07/17/2013

Twenty-five years to reach the climate-change tipping point sounds like a long time. But the truth is it will take all of that time, and more, to rebuild our fossil fuel-based energy system using clean renewable energy. It will take a concerted, sustained effort to make it happen, not business as usual.

A good place to start is to implement the โ€œpolluter paysโ€ principle: Add a price to carbon so that what a consumer pays includes the cost of the damage caused by burning it. When this price is included in the cost, clean renewables are clearly the low-cost option.

Once this is obvious to consumers, the switch we need to avert climate-change calamity will happen.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/letters/la-le-1001-tuesday-global-warming-20131001-story.html

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