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Letter: Carbon tax could produce dividends

Smoke is emitted from chimneys of a cement

Smoke is emitted from chimneys of a cement plant in Binzhou city, in eastern China's Shandong province. (Jan. 17, 2013) Credit: AP

New York’s ranking among the top five states in solar power additions in 2015 is a great accomplishment [“Solar power sets a record,” News, Feb. 23]. But we have only scratched the surface in the demand for solar power.

A 17 percent increase nationwide from 2014 to 2015 is a sign that solar energy will continue to be in high demand. However, many middle-class families are unable to afford the cost of solar installations.

One feasible option would be to place a fee on carbon at the extraction source, coal mines and oil wells, and return the money collected from the fee back to the households via dividend checks.

Stephanie McFadden, Port Jefferson Station

Editor’s note: The writer is affiliated with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, an environmental advocacy organization.