The good news is that 40 of the planned 64 solar projects are economical enough to go forward now, proving solar is already cheap enough to begin competing with oil and gas ["Going slow on LI solar," News, April 30]. Fossil fuels seem cheap, but Long Islanders pay dearly for pollution from dirty, greenhouse gas-producing power plants, including medical bills from breathing poor quality air and property damage from climate change-fueled superstorms.

Long Islanders should demand that polluters pay us for the privilege of contaminating our air! It's time for Congress to support a publicly rebated fee on fossil fuel extraction. Decision makers would pay the price for dirty energy up front, not just down the road in increased health problems and irreversible climate damage. Just think how much faster PSEG and its customers would be flocking to solar.

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Jeanne Brunson, South Setauket

Editor's note: The writer is a volunteer with The Climate Reality Project, an advocacy group.