people believe that the free market is the best way to deal with economic
issues. Right now, we all pay for the pollution in our air and water that is
caused by corporations. We pay in taxes and with our health. What if polluters
paid for their pollution?
is exactly what is happening in British Columbia, Canada. Companies that pollute
pay a fee for their pollution, and this money is paid to the people who live
there. As a result of this carbon fee, companies have reduced their pollution
and increased using alternative sources of energy, which has driven down the
price for these alternatives.
would be a great thing to do in the U.S. It is a win-win situation for all.
Supporters of this kind of carbon fee are as diverse as Exxon-Mobil,
conservative think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute,
as well as former Vice President Al Gore and the Citizen’s Climate Lobby.
people, regardless of political belief, are going to leave the world to their
grandchildren, and this would be a great way to insure that it is habitable.
Kudos to Pope Francis for his upcoming encyclical regarding
climate change. Contrary to some commentators, this is a
quintessentially conservative approach. What is more conservative than
preserving the only planet that we have been given?
The idea that
humans are the main cause of climate change is hardly a wild-eyed,
far-left idea. The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change, comprised of over a thousand scientists from 130 countries,
declared last year that the evidence for a warming planet is
“unequivocal,” and it is “extremely likely” that humans are the main
The pope’s concern for the poor is reflected in his
concern about climate change, since its effects will be most harsh on
those least able to cope with it. According to The World Bank, the areas
most vulnerable to climate change, such as Bangladesh, Vietnam and
Sub-Saharan Africa, also have the largest number of poor who are
dependent on agriculture.
May the pope continue to be a voice for the voiceless, including our own planet Earth.