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Letters: A climate-change turning point

June 28, 2013
  • President Obama describes his plan to fight global warming during a speech at Georgetown University in Washington.
President Obama describes his plan to fight global warming during a speech… (Alex Wong / Getty Images )

Re "Obama takes on climate change," June 26

President Obama's speech on climate change marked a turning point for our nation.

Sure, it was just a speech, and it didn't even make the front page of The Times. But it declared, at long last, an unequivocal commitment by Washington to combat climate change. Global warming is no longer just an issue for environmentalists.

This is why I voted for the man.

Peter Coonradt

Redlands

Of course it was thrilling to hear our president lay out his plan to combat climate change. Yet there will be staunch resistance to the command-and-control approach of regulation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Those opposed to the president's approach may prefer the carbon fee-and-rebate proposal circulating in Congress.

Under the plan, carbon emissions would be assigned a certain fee, to be collected by the government and eventually returned to households. Most would get back more than they paid out.

The free market would do the work, incentivizing Americans to choose a less-expensive, low-carbon path. Emissions would drop, I hope, before the climate is beyond repair.

Jan Freed

Los Angeles

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