NY Times Letter, May 25, 2013


Devising a Strategy for Climate Change

Re “Climate Warnings, Growing Louder” (editorial, May 19):

It was heartening to see The Times call upon the Obama administration to get on with steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, especially since we are at the 400 parts per million milestone of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, a level not reached since long before humans arrived on the scene.

It was less heartening, however, to see you dismiss the possibility of Congress’s ever enacting a tax on carbon. Yes, the Environmental Protection Agency could come out with strong restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, but such regulations will surely increase electric bills, with the poor and middle class shouldering the burden. A revenue-neutral carbon tax, with money rebated to all households equally, would bring down emissions and at the same time shield households from the economic impact of rising energy costs.

President Obama cannot impose a revenue-neutral carbon tax. Only Congress can do that. The Times and other media outlets must not relieve our legislators of their responsibility to act on climate change.


Executive Director

Citizens Climate Lobby

Coronado, Calif., May 19, 2013

NY Times link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/25/opinion/devising-a-strategy-for-climate-change.html?_r=1&

Steve Valk
Steve Valk is Communications Coordinator for Citizens' Climate Lobby. Steve joined the CCL staff in 2009 after a 30-year career with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.