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
-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):
-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):
-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
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
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.
-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.