LTE: Create incentive for clean energy


Published January 16, 2013
In Newsday

Last year was the warmest recorded for both Long Island and the United States [“Hot facts can’t be ignored,” Editorial, Jan. 10]. Many of us also have the devastation and tragedy of superstorm Sandy forever burned into our memories. It seems that finally the general public is acknowledging what thevast majority of scientists already agree on: Climate change is happening now and humans are to blame.

But is there anything we can do to stop it? The most sensible approach is to put a predictable and steadily increasing fee on carbon-based fuels at the source (mine, well or port), and return the revenue to all households to shield against the impact of rising energy costs. This higher price would spur private investment in clean energy and allow the government to get out of the business of choosing energy winners and losers.

Because this approach…

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