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I would like to thank the Chronicle's Troy Carter for covering climate positions of the three candidates for HD61. I also appreciate that all the candidates offered solutions. We do need to recognize that Montana is clearly impacted by impacts of drought on agriculture, fishing, and recreation, impacts of a lower snow pack on skiing, and increased size and severity of large-scale forest fire and mountain pine beetle outbreaks. The state can and must facilitate lessening CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels, including facilitating energy efficiency.

The proposal for a carbon tax by Mr. Wendt has deep support from economists, conservative and liberal, because it is effective, easy to implement, and benefits the economy. Yale Project on Climate Communication research found that 73 percent of Montanans support regulation of CO2 as a pollutant, a point on which Wendt was very clear about. Use of the revenue for "mitigation" (reducing emissions) is popular, but it might be more popular for voters and people with low incomes if all the revenue was returned to the people, to help them transition to low carbon lifestyle, as outlined in the Citizens' Climate Lobby proposal. Mr. Wendt deserves kudos for being bold and pragmatic.

Quresh Latif

Bozeman

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