Letter to the editor: Friends meeting backs carbon tax

On Nov. 19, 2017, the Middlebury Friends Meeting (Quakers) approved the following statement in support of the Energy Independent Vermont Coalition whose aim is to decrease the use of fossil fuels by Vermonters:
“As Friends, we carry a concern for the life of all species and for justice to the poor of the Earth in the face of the destructive effects of climate change. We are concerned to find ways that our society can act to mitigate the dangerous and unequal effects of climate change, through acting locally and globally.
A system of pricing fossil fuels through government action is one practical and effective way to accomplish the goal of reducing carbon emissions, and so we support the principle of carbon pricing in Vermont.
Specifically, we support the principles of carbon pricing as enunciated by the Energy Independent Vermont Coalition: a carbon charge program must reduce carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, strengthen the Vermont economy, and benefit lower and middle-income Vermonters.
Middlebury Friends Meeting supports the Energy Independent Vermont Coalition in its efforts to reduce the effects of climate change through putting a price on fossil fuel emissions in Vermont and we encourage other groups and individuals to do so.”
Tom Baskett and
Jean Rosenberg
for the
Middlebury Friends Meeting

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