Tax carbon, refund revenue

The decade we just ended was the hottest ever measured on Earth. And it’s very likely that climate records will continue to be broken, threatening us and future generations. The Earth is much hotter than it was at the beginning of the industrial age and shows no signs of cooling down, unless humans make huge efforts to curtail carbon emissions.

We’re not helpless in this situation. We can buy less stuff, especially things we use once and throw away. We can use less water, gas and electricity; we can share and repair tools; we can eat more plant-based foods. We can cultivate gardens and trees, which take up carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. We can insulate our homes, take public transportation and/or drive cars powered by electricity generated by solar or wind. Many of these measures help us save money, too.

But we need to take bigger steps to decrease use of fossil fuels and prevent ever increasing warming. Supporting a carbon fee on all fuels coming out of the ground and giving that back to every household in the form of a dividend based on the number of people in the household would go a long way toward reaching that goal. Consumers would pay more for gasoline, oil and most products (since they must be made and transported), but their monthly dividend would compensate for increased prices.

Anne Maiese

Ventnor

Hypocrisy on Biden, Trump

Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff and the House Democrats are the epitome of hypocrisy. They ram-rodded impeachment resolutions against President Trump through the House of Representatives.

But when Joe Biden was vice president and the Ukrainian government was investigating Burisma (his son Hunter’s employer), he bragged on national television that he gave the Ukrainian government just hours to fire that prosecutor or it would not get hundreds of millions of dollars in United States aid. He said, “I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money. … Well, son of a bitch, he got fired.” That ended the corruption investigation of Burisma.

Trump deserves the same right as was given to then Vice President Biden.

Joan Anderson

Mays Landing

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