Free to pol­lute

The News & Observer - - Opinion -

Gov. Cooper has rightly fo­cused North Carolina on ad­dress­ing cli­mate change as part of our re­sponse to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters (“Cooper sets am­bi­tious goal to cut gas emis­sions,” Oct. 29). The clean en­ergy strate­gies he pro­poses are win­win for the state and for us as tax­pay­ers.

N.C. rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the state and fed­eral level should be show­ing lead­er­ship on cli­mate as well. Op­por­tu­ni­ties for im- prove­ments in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, stor­age and agri­cul­tural prac­tices could be pro­vid­ing ma­jor ben­e­fits if our mem­bers of Congress made it no longer free to pol­lute. Canada just en­acted a bi­par­ti­san Car­bon Fee and Div­i­dend pol­icy that will re­duce pol­lu­tion by putting a price on it, while re­turn­ing the fees to the tax­pay­ers.

– Melissa Malkin-We­ber

Durham

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