See if Langley joins carbon initiative Dec. 18

Editor,

Let’s hear it for the City of Langley for they’ve consented to hear arguments about endorsing a practical effort to head off climate change in this country. At the city council meeting on Dec. 18, they will be asked by the Whidbey Island Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) to endorse a call for a tax on carbon, the stuff that produces CO2, the main greenhouse gas that 97 percent of credible (and published) atmospheric scientists say is heating our planet to unsustainable temperatures in the coming years.

That practical solution is quite simple: put a tax on carbon production. This will of course raise the price of carbon products (e.g. gas). In true capitalistic fashion, we’ll purchase fewer carbon products and CO2 emissions will decrease.

With a carbon tax, CCL projects a lowering greenhouse gas emissions 52 percent below 1990 levels within 20 years. The best part is that it’s a revenue neutral strategy where proceeds from the tax will be distributed to every citizen of this country (per tax roles).

To extend that practicality component, the national Citizens Climate Lobby (ccl.org) aims to use our existing political system to accomplish this lofty goal. Impossible you say, but CCL has 457 chapters (one on Whidbey) and 62 members of the U.S. House of Representatives on board with the Climate Solutions caucus, with more joining all the time.

When that lobby hits critical mass, legislation will arise and that carbon tax, which should have been implemented years ago, will become a reality. Next we’ll see that trusty American innovation, which we all dream about, tackle how to provide our energy needs in more efficient and renewable ways.

Eighty-four cities have endorsed the CCL carbon tax initiatives. Come to the Dec. 18 Langley Council meeting at 6 p.m. to see if Langley will be number 85, and why they should.

Dean Enell

Citizens Climate Lobby

Langley

More in Letters to the Editor

Not many Norwegians likely to move here

Editor, President Donald Trump asks, in referring to immigrants from Africa, why… Continue reading

Where are all the bomb shelters on the island?

Editor, After hearing about the accidental emergency message sent out Saturday to… Continue reading

Plan to launch new series with Goosefoot grant

Editor, We were pleased to see the recognition of Goosefoot Community Foundation… Continue reading

Photo may have cause misunderstanding for readers

Editor, Your Jan. 6 edition included a headline that read, “County commissioner… Continue reading

We must change culture in order to save planet

Editor, Reciprocity is the key to survival. Reciprocity is the essence of… Continue reading

Interdepartmental jousting is the snake

Editor, This nastiness emanating from the other Washington must be contagious since… Continue reading

Secular law says woman has the right to choose

Editor, As I have since come to understand the dynamic, life begins… Continue reading

Important to vote for those who represent us

Editor, Political pundits rightly criticize Democrats’ failure to identify issues that appeal… Continue reading

Appreciates planning board’s thoughtfulness

Editor, Thank you to the Langley Planning Advisory Board members, council attendees… Continue reading

Most Read