Bill Christian

Pollution tax will drive people to renewable energy sources

Excellent article on a difficult-to-understand principle.

Renewable-energy credits might be better than nothing, since they have helped some with the proliferation of wind and solar. But a pollution tax on fossil fuel is far better in so many ways.

First, our goal is not “to install solar.” The goal is to stop burning massive amounts of coal, oil, and natural gas. Solar is one way to do it. So is conservation, and so are other renewable options.

If we gradually and predictably make fossil fuel unaffordable, we will all find the best alternatives. No confusion about “who gets credit for it.”...

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