Oil rigs just south of town extract crude for Chevron at sunrise on July 22, 2008 in Taft, California. (David McNew, Getty Images)

Re: “Obama pushes clean energy,” Feb. 7

news story.

President Obama is on the right track with his proposal for a $10 tax on each barrel of oil to promote the use of clean energy. Some oil companies have opposed his proposition, but six of the largest companies (Shell, BP, Total, Statoil, Eni and the BG Group) have signaled publicly that they’re ready for a price on carbon. Some conservatives will oppose Obama’s tax, but others are seeing the fallacies in the old charge that addressing climate change will hurt the economy. As Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., recently observed, “Enacting policies that encourage the private sector to invest, not only in general infrastructure projects, but long-term visionary technologies, will lead to economic prosperity and environmental sustainability.” Now that’s something we can all get behind.

Betsey House, Denver

This letter was published in the Feb. 10 edition.

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