Car­bon tax would be a good step

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - PERSPECTIV­E -

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

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