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Energy gesture

November 21, 2006

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To the editor:

Now they've gone and done it! Voters in Boulder, Colo., a liberal college town not unlike Lawrence, have approved what may be the nation's first "carbon tax" intended to reduce emissions of global warming gases.

Yeah, right! Like that's gonna make any difference.

The tax is to take effect on April 1 and be based on the number of kilowatt-hours used. Officials say it will add $16 a year to an average homeowner's electricity bill and $46 for businesses.

Boulder city officials say revenue from the carbon tax would be collected by the city's gas and electric utility, Xcel Energy, and be funneled to the city's Office of Environmental Affairs to pay for increasing energy efficiency in Boulder's homes and commercial buildings, switching to renewable energy and reducing vehicle miles traveled.

The tax grew out of efforts by a committee of residents and members of the City Council and Chamber of Commerce to try to enable Boulder to reach goals set by the United Nations Kyoto Protocol, which seeks to curb global warming.

The trouble is, this is like the first civic-minded do-gooder citizen who mows his lawn in the spring and then everyone else thinks they have to follow suit and mow their lawns, too, so they don't look less well kept than their neighbor's.

Al Gore, it's all your fault.

Les Blevins,

Lawrence

Comments

LiberalDude 8 years, 1 month ago

Dumbest letter to the editor ever.

Congratulations to Boulder for taking a stand to try to make the world a better place and working to ensure that future generations will have a nice Earth to enjoy. Les, how do you know it isn't going to make any difference? At least they are doing something. Also how could you possibly be against Al Gore for trying to save the planet that you live on? I could go on and on, but my main point is that humans ARE ruining the Earth at a fast rate, and bravo to anyone who tries to stop this. You and your letter are whack.

LiberalDude 8 years, 1 month ago

I definitely missed the sarcasm. If so, disregard my last message and let's get this on the ballot.

bisky1 8 years, 1 month ago

businesses don't pay taxes, they collect taxes, so your average boulder household will pay $16 plus whatever part they choose to pay of the $46 by supporting local businesses. big deal. still waiting for some envro to really spill the beans and tell us the good things that will happen because of global warming. liberaldude suggest the following:http://www.junkscience.com/Greenhouse/ i realize your truth is not necessarily the real truth but maybe you could show me the errors of my truth.

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