Carbon tax would be a good step
Regarding the July 19 Tribune article “2019’s hottest day could be any future day”: It’s true. We are headed for more and more, and hotter and hotter, heat waves. Things will get worse for some time to come.
The best time to do something about global warming was 30 years ago. The next best time is right now. What we do, or don’t do, now will determine just how bad it gets.
It will take huge changes to stabilize the climate. But the biggest single step we could take immediately is to put a price on carbon with the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which has been introduced in the U.S. House.
This bill would collect a fee on fossil fuels when they come out of the ground, and distribute the money to the population on a per-capita basis.
By making fossil fuels more expensive every year, this would greatly speed up the changeover to renewable fuels.
If all we do is adapt to rising temperatures, they will never stop rising, and our civilization will become difficult or impossible to sustain. We must act quickly and strongly. For a start, we should pass this bill. — Doug Burke, Oak Park