A carbon tax is right for environment and economy

Taxing the sources of carbon pollution is a pragmatic, bipartisan, common-sense solution.

CLIMATE change is real and happening before our eyes. We are already being forced to adapt to the tangible conse­quences of a warming climate. These actions are caused by more extreme variability in weather resulting in flooding, coastal erosion, dramatically reduced glaciation in the Olympic and Glacier National Parks, as well as observed acidification in our shorelines and the Puget Sound estuary.

As a moderate Republican and an independent, we don’t always see eye to eye on how to solve some of society’s biggest challenges. But on climate change we agree: Taxing the sources of carbon pollution is a pragmatic, bipartisan, common-sense solution.

A carbon tax allows private companies in the marketplace to respond to a predictable, sustained price of carbon and react accordingly with innovative, cost-effective solutions. A steadily rising price on carbon appeals to conservatives as a smart alternative to government agencies controlling market-based forces. For progressives and liberals, a carbon tax holds appeal because it will reduce local pollutants and make Washington a national leader in the collective imperative to reduce greenhouse gasses and improve public health. For all of us, a price on carbon will hasten the decline of emissions that will imperil our environment and economy for future generations.

The main concern we hear about a carbon tax is economic. How much will it cost families and businesses? This is a fair concern, but we believe that enacting a pragmatic carbon…

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