More letters in the LA Times

There have recently been several letters on the carbon tax in the LA Times recently. enjoy!

Letters: Act now to save the Earth, or else

Re “Studies raise urgent climate alarms,” Dec. 4

Remember acid rain from the 1970s and the big hole in the ozone layer in the ’80s? Both of these horrific environmental consequences caused by unregulated pollution were mitigated by strong emission standards.

A slew of companies didn’t go bankrupt as a result of these regulations. In fact, the companies were forced to streamline their production and conserve energy, improving their bottom line.

Acid rain levels have dropped by 65% since the ’70s, and at a cost much less than originally predicted.

The Montreal Protocol (the first U.N. treaty to achieve universal ratification) set out to end the use of many ozone-depleting substances. This year, the European Space Agency reported that the ozone hole over Antarctica was the smallest in 10 years.

It is time to apply a revenue-neutral tax on carbon dioxide emissions so our children can refer to climate change as a thing of the past.

Gabriela Sosa
Los Feliz

 

Letters: The past and future of plastic

Re “L.A.’s got a brand new bag ban,” Jan. 1, and “Bring your own (reusable) bag,” Editorial, Dec. 31

It’s about time Los Angeles eliminated the use of disposable plastic bags, but I hope this is only one part of a larger effort to cut back on plastics.

We are rightly motivated to reduce the number of these environment-poisoning products because of plastic blight. At the same time, we should look how these bags are made.

Petrochemicals are a major ingredient in the manufacture of plastics. A carbon tax would inevitably increase the cost of manufacturing plastics and would perhaps make plastic more valuable and less ubiquitous.

It might reduce the amount of plastic stuff we mindlessly toss out the car window or otherwise throw away.

Peggy Painton
Los Angeles

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