San Antonio flooding kills 2; 200-plus rescued

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  • jfreed27 Los Angeles, CA
    May 26, 2013 6:01 a.m.

    Storms, even extreme ones, have happened before. And, as extreme storms increase in frequency and power (according to most experts), we will need to find a way for FEMA to respond to increasing needs. One suggestion, would be to put a fee on carbon pollution. It should

    a. be used, in part, as an "insurance policy", for building up FEMA; experts should weigh in as to how much needs to be set aside (insurance companies do this all the time), and
    b. the remainder should be sent as a simple check to citizens (or reduction in other taxes) to defray the rising costs of dirty energy.

    This carbon fee would also reduce carbon emissions, as folks look more to hybrids, efficiency, solar roofs, etc. once the market is freed of its polluting fossil fuels.