When columnist John Crisp writes about climate change, (TCH, Sept. 17) he offers three responses to the challenge: denial, complacency and apocalyptic fanaticism. But there is a more sensible way. If we put a steadily increasing price on fossil fuel carbon (the primary driver of climate change) that steadily increases each year for 20 years, and return all of the monthly revenue to the economy in uniform dividends to every legal resident of the U.S., a reliable study concludes the economy could actually improve (increasing jobs by 2.8 million) while reducing U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide by 50 percent. Other countries would follow our lead if legal tariffs are imposed on imported goods from countries without a price on carbon. And that study doesn't even account for the huge benefits of saving the mountain snowpack that farmers rely on for irrigation, or the oceanside property worth trillions of dollars.
We can prevent the considerable pain and expense of unmitigated climate change. It just takes a market-based commonsense approach that conservative economists like George Schultz can get behind. See citizensclimatelobby.org.
STEVE GHAN, Richland