Carbon tax will clean the air
Scott Dance’s article, “Maryland asks EPA to crack down on pollution from Midwest coal plants” (Nov. 16), highlights the problem with regulation. Rules seem like a smart fix, but businesses do the bare minimum to comply because of costs. Nowstates are suing the EPA over air pollution. Coal plants require upgrades, the EPA requires monitors. Everyone requires lawyers. Watchdog groups advocate for “breathers in Maryland.” As if we don’t all breathe. The whole thing is an entangled interstate regulatory expensive mess.
How great it would be if the Republican Congress made all this moot by enacting a nationwide carbon fee and dividend plan? CO2 emissions parallel other noxious gases, and so forget climate change: It’s good for health. President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan is held up in court, but Republicans can beat it with this freemarket, small-government solution supported by George Shultz. Sure, Washington state rejected a revenue-neutral carbon tax this month, but that’s because it’s illogical at the state level.
This entire nation of breathers shares air. Study after study shows that smart carbon pricing improves health and saves lives. It’s time for the Republicans to be true conserveatives and pass an elegant, pro-market plan for working families’ health.