Letters: No jobs if everyone’s drowning
Re: ‘New coal regulations will hurt the poor, cost jobs’ (Metro, June 4)
Letter writer George Christian asks why President Obama wants to regulate CO2 when that will kill jobs and hurt the poor. Could it be that the president thinks saving the planet is worth consideration? And if England’s carbon tax is hurting its poor, I’d blame that on Margaret Thatcher’s legacy. Saving the planet benefits all of humanity; the cost should be borne by everyone, through taxes. If free-market capitalism can’t function without drowning half the planet, then it’s time to try something else.
Harvey Wachtel, via email
At what cost do we continue to destroy the planet? How many billions will be spent repairing the coast lines damaged by bigger storms caused by global warming? I applaud this “unnecessary change” in the name of humanity. I do not consider myself an environmentalist, I consider myself a realist.
Eric Sidwell, via email