A Taxing Issue

The Houston Chronicle

Amid the gloom in Washington for those dismayed by President Donald Trump’s positions on climate change, a ray of hope appeared last week in the form of Houston’s own James A. Baker III.

The former secretary of state and longtime associate of former President George H.W. Bush went to the nation’s capital to suggest to the new administration that a tax on carbon dioxide emissions would be a simple, effective way of reducing the heat-trapping gas that is rapidly warming our world.

Baker was there as part of the Climate Leadership Council, a group of big-name Republicans including former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and former Wal-Mart chairman Rob Walton who are trying to talk some sense into climate change-deniers who now dominate their party.

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We strongly urge Baker and his colleagues to push their plan vigorously with their fellow Republicans, who we hope will act more responsibly on environmental issues than they have the past eight years.

A carbon tax is not the complete solution to global warming, but it’s a significant step forward on a problem that, as the numbers show, is becoming urgent.

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