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Letter: Decision on regulating power-plant emissions

The Obama administration’s proposal to regulate carbon dioxide from power plants will no doubt please some and upset others.

I see both sides. I believe climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity, so I’m thankful that at least somebody is proposing doing something about it. But, I regard the administration’s regulatory plan as only a stopgap measure made necessary by Congress’s inaction.

I want to encourage our members of Congress — especially Rep. Scott Tipton — to consider legislation that would address the problem more comprehensively by putting a price on carbon. Virtually all economists, on the right as well as on the left, agree that that’s the most efficient and painless way to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby, of which I’m a member, is advocating for such legislation. While Congress may be fiddling on climate change for the time being, it’s only a matter of time before it warms to this market-based, nonpartisan and fundamentally fair solution.

Sure, bring on Environmental Protection Agency regulation, but I hope Congress soon makes it unnecessary and irrelevant by simply putting a price on carbon.

Dave Reed


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