Don’t let politics get in the way of carbon taxes for the common good
My reaction to the article “Carbon tax gets renewed attention but still faces resistance” (Oct. 8) was “Well, duh!” Here are some other things that “still face resistance”: voting rights, Social Security, freedom of speech, even democratic governance itself. The core question is “Resistance from whom, and why?”
In the case of carbon taxes, the question answers itself. They are opposed by those who have a financial interest in preserving the free-ride status of fossil fuels, which don’t pay for disposing their garbage into the atmosphere. Others who oppose carbon pricing include radicals like Grover
Norquist, who feel a central government that serves all Americans should be virtually nonexistent. Some call this “libertarianism.” I call it anarchy.
It’s encouraging to see a few brave political souls, even Republicans, speaking out against climate denialism. Perhaps the unprecedented hurricanes and wildfires of the last two years will encourage even more.
There is a bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus that now has 45 Democrats and 45 Republicans. This group could become the incubator of sensible bipartisan climate policy, provided they decide to prioritize scientific truth over the demands of the unelected tycoons who pour money into their campaigns, heedless of the impact of climate change on the future health, wealth, and well-being of their own
children — and yours. Rick Knight, Brookfield