To the Editors:

All of us should be concerned about climate change and it heartens me to see students expressing their concern. There is consensus on the science and consensus on the broad policy solution: we need to use carbon taxes or a cap and trade system to make the price of carbon-based fuels reflect their true cost including environmental costs. Revenues from such measures can be used to offset increased costs for low-income households. A proper price for carbon fuels makes renewables easily viable. The problem, then, is a political one. Even though the current state of politics has disillusioned many students, the political process is the only way to accomplish the scale of changes necessary. I urge all of us to get politically involved, vote, and work to support candidates and elected leaders that are willing to move forward on climate issues.

John Fitzgerald
Professor of Economics