Carbon tax could tame severe weather
Not long after U.S. President Barack Obama promised to fight climate change in his inaugural address, temperatures soared to 70 in Baltimore — in late January. Our weather continues to be unrecognizable.Weather History for Baltimore, MD [Maryland] for January
... After [Sandy], everyone asked: Did global warming cause this monster? The answer is: yes, yes, and again yes.
With a carbon tax or fee attached to fossil fuels, we make these fuels steadily more expensive. This would do two things in the marketplace: reflect the harm these fuels do to our planet and, simultaneously, usher carbon-free fuels like wind and solar power into our economy with the speed and breadth of a hurricane surge tide...As gas-fired electricity costs rise, utilities will switch to wind. As oil gets pricier, electric car sales will explode.
Mike Tidwell is director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.
[1907--January high of 74; 1932--January high of 79...]