Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Doable Carbon Fee

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Doable Carbon Fee

Article excerpt

It seems that just about everyone except President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt understands that the changing climate is the most significant threat to the citizens of the United States and of the world.

It is also known, with absolute scientific certainty, that greenhouse gases emitted by humans are the primary cause of this threat. Continuing business as usual will certainly lead to significant sea level rise;increases in storms, droughts, floods, disease and starvation; and major loss of property.

To do what Mr. Trump and Mr. Pruitt advocate will result in a huge amount of human suffering and loss of life. The effect this will have on their grandchildren should be enough to cause them to change direction.

However, if the administration continues to place the needs of the coal, oil and gas industries above the needs of the rest of us, the only real solution will be to place a cost on these carbon products. …

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