The UC London study reported in the Sun (Sept. 8) confirmed what now seems so plain: Most fossil fuel resources need to stay in the ground.
A good first step toward achieving this goal would be the placement of a U.S. price on carbon emissions. The collected fees could be returned as dividends. We Americans could put those dollars in our pockets. The resulting market signal will also be clear: The nation needs to move quickly toward a clean energy system. Hoping that extreme hurricanes and uncontrollable wildfires will somehow disappear without a reduction in CO2 emissions is an exercise in misdirection. We now know better.
Reports are emerging that the Senate Finance Committee is seriously considering a carbon price in the budget reconciliation process. That is good news. Support from our two Arizona senators and congressional representative could make real change happen. It can’t happen too soon.