A far more elegant program

To the editor: Thanks to the courage of Gov. Brown, State Sen. Fran Pavley and State Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, California is leading the world in fighting human-caused climate change. However, as the Times article lays out, the path ahead, relying on such regulatory schemes as cap and trade and air quality standards, is convoluted and subject to political infighting. A far more elegant and efficient program is to have a national, revenue-neutral fee charged on carbon fuels at the mine or wellhead (fees returned to the public monthly). For conservatives, it doesn’t result in any new programs or regulatory schemes; it uses the power of the market.

Judith Trumbo, La Cañada Flintridge


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