Re: “The myths about Energy East, just to clear the air,” (The Hill Times, by Susan Riley, Oct. 16, p. 10). Our climate is becoming more and more inhospitable. The recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have cost $300-billion. The wildfires in British Columbia and California are adding to that. Our unstable climate is putting a bigger burden on the economy. What we need is a rising fee on carbon emissions with revenue returned to households. This will use the marketplace to hold fossil fuels accountable for the damage they inflict on society. It will drive investment away from destructive projects like Energy East towards low-carbon energy. A recent report from the Columbia Institute shows that moving towards a net zero-emissions economy could create four million Canadian jobs by 2050. This would be a win for our environment and our economy. It’s a tremendous opportunity. We have to look forwards not backwards and your article’s myth-busting will help us on our way.
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