Climate change proposal isn’t carbon cap


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


More in Letters to the Editor

THINC needs land for its tiny homes project

Editor, A shortage of housing coupled by the rise in rents and… Continue reading

St. Clair would lead county into the future

Editor, With Earth Day around the corner and a commissioner election following,… Continue reading

IDIPIC needs volunteers to serve as speakers, helpers

Editor, In 2017, the Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County presented… Continue reading

Vote ‘yes’ to maintain island’s library services

Editor, I am writing to encourage you to vote yes for libraries.… Continue reading

Check you facts when talking gun control

Editor, In Lorinda Newton’s March 10 letter, she contends that states with… Continue reading

Guns need as much, if not more, training as cars

Editor, Lorinda Newton’s March 10 letter makes a great argument for the… Continue reading

If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have them

Editor, Each mass shooting grieves my soul, be it at a school,… Continue reading

Need to start listening to children about guns

Editor, The latest advice from conservative Newt Gingrich: “Let’s arm teachers.” What… Continue reading

Don’t miss out on Uganda’s dancers Friday

Editor, South Whidbey Islanders: Please rejoice and welcome the dozen-plus young people… Continue reading

Most Read