Vermont Interfaith Power & Light

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The Price of Carbon Pollution

Letter to the Editor, Valley News, by Deidre Gish

February 28, 2015

The Price of Carbon Pollution

To the Editor:

Two weeks ago, 100 rail cars carrying crude oil derailed in southern West Virginia, igniting at least 14 tankers, sparking a house fire and spilling oil into the Kanawha River. We remember the 2013 oil train accident in Quebec that killed 47 people and spilled 1.5 million gallons of crude, and the Enbridge pipeline rupture in 2010 that spilled over a million gallons of crude into the Kalamazoo River. And, of course, there was the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.

Despite New England's frigid winter, we know that 2014 was, globally, the hottest year measured since 1880 and that all of the 10 hottest years on record have occurred since 1998. We understand that our insatiable use of fossil fuels is dangerous, destructive, and is heating the planet with frightening consequences, such as increased flooding, droughts, heat waves and wildfires.

The most effective way to reduce the use of fossil fuels and to mitigate their negative effects on our health, environment and economy is to price fossil fuels accurately.

A carbon pollution tax, as proposed in Vermont by Energy Independent Vermont would reduce the state's carbon pollution and equitably create economic benefits and in-state jobs. Let your senators and representatives know that you support putting an accurate price on carbon. For more information visitwww.energyindependentvt.org or attend an informational forum on Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Montshire Museum in Norwich.

Dee Gish

For Vermont Interfaith Power and Light

Sharon Energy Committee

 

 

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