Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
Having listened to the presentation of the Citizens Climate Lobby twice, I have come to the conclusion this is a really bad idea for the following reasons:
Nothing in the proposal directly addresses any reduction in actual fossil fuel carbon emissions. There is no redirection to use other alternative sources of energy.
The entire plan is based on the falsehood that the only thing that will limit the use of fossil fuels is an increase in the price of fossil fuel.
There is an illusion that oil companies will be paying for this at the top end of the process. The reality is that the oil companies will simply raise the cost of gas to cover that bill, passing everything down the food chain to the consumer. And oil companies will use this as an excuse to inflate the cost to increase their profits.
The illusion that consumers will be getting a check for 100% of what is billed to oil companies is naïve. There will be administrative costs that have to be covered somehow. Every person who buys the more expensive gas at the pump will not get a check because some people do not file for taxes because their income is too small or they are dependents of another taxpayer. Universal reimbursement is unrealistic.
In essence, this is a giant shell game that invites financial fraud with huge sums of money.
Yvonne Esther Johnson