Audrey Albrecht: Consumers should not be taxed for pollution |

Audrey Albrecht: Consumers should not be taxed for pollution

I agree with Steve Frisch’s recent piece, “Craft Projects,” about working toward more green projects to use some of “carbon money” that the state will spend, but I am sympathetic with the reader’s comment about regulations on emissions meaning higher prices for the consumer.

The consumer has been paying for pollution too long, and we should be placing the cost of pollution on the polluters.

If we price carbon, a fee could be assessed on products according to carbon content, encouraging products with lower carbon risk.

“Carbon Fee and Dividend” does not establish goals for emissions, but would, according to projections, exceed goals. The fee would cause higher prices for higher content, giving rise to green competitors.

How pay for the higher prices? The fees should be divided equally among all citizens, (best if done nationally but with state application). Rather than Sacramento deciding where to spend money on green projects, the consumer receives the money to pay for the costs of reducing emissions.

Such a strategy would be easier to administer than cap and trade, more effective, and quite understandable to all.

Audrey Albrecht

Concord, Calif.

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