Out­door in­dus­try and cli­mate

The Denver Post - - OPNION - Re: Dou­glas M. Alde,

“Valu­ing state’s out­door in­dus­try,” Nov. 2 edi­to­rial.

Along with The Den­ver Post, I ap­plaud Sen. Cory Gard­ner for his work across the aisle to pro­duce the Out­door Recre­ation Jobs and Eco­nomic Im­pact Act of 2016, and for his ef­forts to get it to Pres­i­dent Obama’s desk.

But we must go be­yond pro­tect­ing our out­door lands from the de­vel­op­ment as men­tioned in your edi­to­rial. We must pro­tect the en­tire out­door in­dus­try from the re­sults of cli­mate change, which will cause the in­evitable de­cline of that in­dus­try — so im­por­tant to Coloradans.

It is al­most uni­ver­sally be­lieved that the change in our cli­mate is due in large part to the burn­ing of fos­sil fu­els. The rate at which these are burned must be rapidly re­duced. Most econ­o­mists be­lieve the best way to do this is by im­ple­ment­ing a rev­enue-neu­tral car­bon tax. This is a pol­icy that re­duces CO2 emis­sions with­out be­ing a drag on the econ­omy. I ask that the se­na­tor con­sider this pos­si­bil­ity.

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