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Letter: Science supports lower carbon output

The breach in Fire Island caused in October

The breach in Fire Island caused in October 2012 by superstorm Sandy, seen above on Nov. 13, 2013. Credit: Doug Kuntz

Newsday recently published an editorial saying that science should inform us on whether to close the breach in the Old Inlet ["Sandy breach needs study," Dec. 31].

I heartily agree with the premise that we should be taking carefully thought-out actions that use the best scientific knowledge to inform us, and that may lead us to leaving the breach as it is.

Some are concerned that this will exacerbate the effects of a future superstorm Sandy. Climate scientists overwhelmingly agree that continued emission of greenhouse gases and global warming will cause sea levels to rise, making floods from such a hurricane much more dangerous. The best way to prevent this is to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions now.

A promising method is a revenue-neutral carbon tax: Collect a steadily rising tax on all sources of carbon dioxide, and return the revenue to American households. As this follows market principles, it is supported by many economists, both conservative and liberal.

Max Katz, Stony Brook

Editor's note: The writer is a PhD candidate in Stony Brook's department of physics and astronomy.