Email Letters: September 12, 2017

Putting a price on carbon will pay great dividends

Your editorial, “It’s always sunny in Mesa County,” noted that our region ought to be looking relatively attractive right about now to industries concerned about hurricanes and other climate-influenced disasters.

Well all right, maybe we’ll benefit a bit from other regions’ misfortune. But I’d like to point out that nobody wins with global warming.

It will cost hundreds of billions of dollars to rebuild after Harvey and Irma. Over the longer term, it will cost trillions to build sea walls, raise infrastructure and even move whole cities. Whether those costs are covered by insurance or by government, we’ll all end up footing the bill.

If you don’t like socialism, then you should be outraged by the thought that these costs will be socialized in this way. The future fiscal impacts could be ruinous. And in the meantime, while we cling to fading fossil fuels, China is eating our lunch in the new energy economy.

Let’s correct this market failure. Putting a price on carbon will give our entrepreneurs the incentive to scale up clean energy, create new jobs and bring down costs. It will pay even greater dividends for our children, by sparing them the debt and disruption of worst-case climate change.

Grand Junction

Law enforcement officers need more support

EMT, fireman, Olympic sprinter (while wearing 30 pounds of gear), marriage counselor, child and adult psychologist, conflict resolution specialist, sharpshooter, expert driver, auto mechanic, hostage negotiator, accident investigator, homicide detective, victims advocate, animal control officer, and search and rescue worker.

These are just a few of the things that a law enforcement officer must know and do, all while having the potential of someone killing them just for being them. If ever there was a vocation that needed our support, it is being a cop. By the way, I am not a cop, never have been one, and don’t know any. But even the most casual observer can see that they need more support. Yes on 1A.

Grand Junction

League of Women Voters applauds work of senators in cosponsoring Dream Act

The League of Women Voters of Colorado applauds the bipartisan work of Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner in cosponsoring the Dream Act of 2017, a bill that offers the possibility for reducing the uncertainty facing young law-abiding immigrants. This show of bipartisanship is refreshing and a step forward in addressing long-term comprehensive immigration reform. Diversity has always strengthened and enriched our country. Allowing Dreamers to stay and become productive members will benefit the US’s economy and our communities and send a message that we are a welcoming and open society.

Chris Carson, President League of Women Voters U.S., has made this statement, “The League of Women Voters is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants and we urge congress to pass a clean Dreamers Act to protect, not turn away, the 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children.”


President League of Women Voters of Colorado


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But for Republican anti-tax intransigence, putting a price on carbon should be a bipartisan no-brainer.


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