Local governments should join together to slow carbon pollution

Editor,

It’s happened.

The Trump Administration withdrew from the detested Obama administration Clean Power Plan in October. Now, acknowledging harmful pollution is up to other countries and U.S. local/state government, and concerned businesses.

The good news is that a lot of the world still thinks that burning natural gas, oil and coal, results in harmful emissions that we all inevitably pay for — right now, or by shoving it off until later … if we can.

Harmful-emissions control used to be the providence of our national government. These emissions affect us all. When appropriate action is not taken by our nation’s leaders, it falls to local government and concerned businesses.

Fortunately, in the absence of national leadership, numerous others step forward. Check out the business/government membership of the Climate Leadership Council, for example, and their proposed solution for pricing carbon, according to www.clcouncil.org

Placing a steadily increasing price on carbon is the reasonable solution in today’s political climate. Senator Lindsey Graham prefers this … and even ExxonMobil. The national lobbying group, for placing a “no net-increase in taxes” price on carbon, CitizensClimateLobby.org, is campaigning to gather and present endorsements from local government to present to Congress. Nationally, it’s up to Congress. But grassroots efforts will see us there.

“Local” includes the air we breathe, planet-warming greenhouse gasses, the clean water we hope to drink, and the wildfires that we endure.

It’s time for local governments to join together as active endorsers for slowing local carbon pollution. Pay for harmful pollution today as an essential part of the cost of doing business. We count the many benefits of burning carbon, but aren’t we finding that burning less carbon is our preferred future?

LEE JAMES

Coupeville