We believe this solution is fair, sensible, and business-friendly. Placing large checks in Americans' pockets in every month will generate economic growth. By requiring fossil fuel companies to pay an appropriate fee for the damage they do to human health and to the environment, economists tell us wind, solar, and nuclear power will quickly become competitive with oil and coal, spurring the kind of technological innovation that is needed to transition to a green economy. As a bonus, since green energy provides more jobs per kilowater-hour than oil and coal, such a change could provide an employment bonanza.
As market-friendly Republicans, most of our Valley legislators are likely to be critical of the regulation-heavy climate change plan announced this week by President Obama, and rightly so. However, we hope they might seriously consider a plan like ours which is more closely aligned with their philosophy.
Glen Retief, an associate professor of writing at Susquehanna University, is currently founding a Susquehanna Valley chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby.