Thanks for your June 4 editorial "EPA rules overdue" and thanks to President Obama for taking a leadership role on the climate change issue by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases causing our planet to warm.

The rules do not go far enough, but they are a step in the right direction.

Republican detractors in Congress who dislike the rules can introduce a free-market approach to dealing with the problem, a steadily rising, revenue-neutral carbon tax that returns 100 percent of the revenue back to every household equally.

Some deride EPA regulations as "job-killing."

I would say "How about creating jobs that aren't planet-killing?"

We need sustainable, clean-energy jobs that improve society, not pollute it.

A revenue-neutral carbon tax would boost the economy by putting money back in the hands of those who spend it, the consumers, with an added benefit of lowering emissions and cleaning up our air.

A border tax adjustment on imports coming from countries without similar carbon pricing would protect American businesses and encourage these countries to put a price on carbon as well.

Siding with polluters and attacking the rules coming from the agency whose mission is to "protect human health and the environment" is not a winning strategy for members of Congress, our children, or our climate.

They should focus on alternative, free-market solutions to the problem instead.

MIKE OMLOR

Washington Twp.



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