The piece by the Rev. Richard Killmer expressing hope for the climate crisis was indeed heartening, with its catalog of hopeful developments and actions around the world (“Soaring on ‘wings like eagles’ as we confront climate crisis,” Jan. 21).

Missing from the list, however, is the one action all major economists and climate policy modelers share a consensus on: putting a realistic price on carbon pollution.

A bill in Congress called the Energy Innovation Act would charge fossil fuel producers a $15 fee per ton of carbon emissions, put it in a public trust and distribute it monthly to all individuals equally. This cash-back carbon pricing would involve a gradually rising fee that would incentivize the shift from carbon fuels to renewables, reimburse families, and reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 90% by 2050.

An initiative in Maine called Carbon Cash-Back 4ME seeks to provide towns with the opportunity to endorse the concept of national cash-back carbon pricing at their annual town meetings, and to bring that endorsement to the attention of their state and federal lawmakers.

The most sophisticated climate models from climate institutes world-wide concur that carbon pricing is fundamental to any successful climate strategy. I urge your readers to tell our leaders to support it, and to join the carbon cash-back campaign. To learn more, see

Cynthia Stancioff

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