LTE Opportunity Weekly Roundup 2/18

Letter to the Editor Opportunities: Weekly Roundup

Here you are: this week’s LTE inspiration! As always, for all letters, consider mentioning:

-The “carbon taxes” we already pay or will pay soon (storm damage, health costs, etc.)

-Revenue-neutral solution addresses conservative values: small government, lower taxes, free market, protecting people and property

*****

NY Times 2/18

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/18/us/politics/financier-plans-big-ad-campaign-on-environment.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20140218&_r=0

-Climate change is a winning election issue

-Health impacts inordinately affect minorities Republicans hope to court in next election

-Climate change can and should be a bipartisan issue and has a bipartisan solution… the revenue-neutral carbon tax!

*****

Newsday 2/18 (Associated Press):

http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/study-arctic-getting-darker-making-earth-warmer-1.7114951

-This amplifying feedback [albedo] effect is just another sign we don’t have time to debate whether climate change is happening; let’s move on to solving it (with a carbon tax, of course!)

*****

Newsday 2/16 (Associated Press):

http://www.newsday.com/news/world/john-kerry-mocks-those-who-deny-climate-change-1.7097903

-Waste of time to continue arguing with deniers when the science is settled; move on to solution (carbon tax)

-Border adjustments could encourage other nations to follow suit with a price on carbon

*****

Suffolk Times 2/18

http://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2014/02/45936/u-s-senate-to-vote-on-long-island-sound-restoration-bill-amendment/

Important to restore and prepare Long Island for future climate change-fueled storms; we must at the same time work to mitigate climate damage from carbon pollution.

*****

Suffolk Times 2/17

http://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2014/02/45906/suffolk-gop-selects-zeldin-to-challenge-bishop-in-congressional-race/

In recognition of the ongoing and increasing threat climate disruptions pose to Long Islanders’ homes and livelihoods, the candidate who wins the 1st district should support a carbon tax; any candidate would be wise to make it a central campaign issue. NOTE: Useful to mention candidates, especially current Representative Tim Bishop, by name.

*****

Newsday, 2/11

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/witnesses-debate-age-hike-for-suffolk-tobacco-sales-1.7035693

-Substantial taxation of cigarettes already has successfully reduced smoking. The same strategy could help us quit fossil fuels. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-reynolds/we-can-quit-our-coal-and-_b_4784634.html for a great example of this argument.

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