One congressional bright spot this spring is that Congress attempted to take legislative action against a carbon tax. This is a bright spot not only because the proposal failed, but because those opposed to government action against climate change take the prospect of a carbon tax seriously.

Why a bright spot? Because it means serious and growing support for a carbon tax. Legislators don't often block policies nobody favors or proposes.

A properly structured carbon tax sends market signals to switch from greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels to renewables that help bring the climate change crisis under control.

Increasing numbers of thinkers and legislators, not only Democrats but Republicans, including Harvard's Greg Mankiw, a prominent economist and former economic adviser to George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, back a carbon tax.

Let's rally around this bright spot and encourage our legislators to support a revenue-neutral carbon tax.

-- Kermit Hovey, Middleton

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