This was an LTE in the Asheville Citizen-Times on January 18 (I think), 2017.
Amidst the chaos in Washington, D.C. of the past
two weeks, a growing movement was mentioned on a big stage, though it was
probably overlooked by many. During his Senate confirmation hearing, Rex
Tillerson, President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, re-stated
that he supports a carbon fee as a policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
but only if the revenues generated were returned to taxpayers, a
revenue-neutral proposition. Last month in Rolling
Stone magazine, retired scientist James Hansen, the head of NASA’s Goddard
Institute for Space Studies for nearly 35 years, and long-time climate activist,
proposed exactly the same thing. Left meets right in the middle with a
straightforward, effective plan for addressing the deep concerns the majority
of us have about the effects of climate change, present and future. Perhaps we
can, after all, find common ground.