Re “Dingell’s roadblock,” editorial, July 18
Several points raised in your editorial deserve clarification, chiefly the assertion that I’m designing a carbon tax bill with the intention of seeing it fail. Never in my “distinguished half a century in the House” have I introduced legislation that I did not believe was worthy of my colleagues’ consideration and the public’s support.
For months, I’ve been discussing a carbon emissions fee as one option for reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. While it may not be the most popular option, I agree with The Times that a carbon tax would be the most effective available option to fight global warming. Also, I have voted for gasoline taxes in the past and will continue to do so. I don’t have a point to prove. I have a job to do, and I am doing it.
REP. JOHN D. DINGELL