Regarding the Jan. 9 column “ The gas tax we need”: What a shock! Charles Krauthammer and I actually agree on something.
Krauthammer and I both want a tax on carbon-based fuel with the revenue returned in equal shares to the population so low-income and middle-class people don’t carry the main burden of shifting our economy to more sustainable energy.
We differ on details. He appears to want a tax just on gasoline. I want it on all fossil fuels and greenhouse gases. He sets the tax at $1 per gallon of gas. I’d start at $15 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent emitted and increase it $10 per ton each year. He would return the revenue by adjusting existing taxes and transfer payments.
I like the proposal by Citizens Climate Lobby ( citizensclimatelobby.org) for a monthly payment. Details can get sorted out. First, we need broad public agreement to tax carbon and return the revenue to the people in equal shares.
When people as far left as I am and as far right as Krauthammer agree, that idea has started to really move forward. Onward!
L. Russell Herman Jr., Raleigh