Climate change proposal isn’t carbon cap

Editor,

Thanks to the Record for including in the recap of 2017 events a request to the Langley City Council by the Whidbey Island Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby to endorse a proposal regarding climate change.

However the brief notice is incorrect in referring to the proposal as cap on carbon emissions. The carbon fee and dividend proposal is not a cap. It is a carefully designed fee on the greenhouse gas emissions of fossil fuels. It is non-regulatory, relying on market forces, incentivized by the fee, to accelerate a transition from gas, oil and coal to renewable energy sources.

Furthermore, the proposal is revenue neutral. All revenue from the fees would be returned on an equal basis to U.S. citizens, not to government programs.

If concerned about climate change, I urge you to learn more and get involved. Call Bob Hallahan, group leader of Whidbey CCL, at 360-320-1594 for more information or check out the excellent CCL national website.

John Goertzel

Langley

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