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Like me, Dick Smith, is a passionate volunteer with Citizens Climate Lobby. His recent letter to the editor sums up our goal: “What might Democratic and Republican common ground on climate look like? Well, the solution can’t grow government, increase net taxes or slow economic growth. It needs to protect American businesses from unfair foreign competition and protect the poor from rising energy prices. It needs to allocate costs and benefits fairly among individuals, economic sectors, regions and current and future generations. And, most important, it needs to cut greenhouse gas emissions big enough and fast enough to match the scale of the problem.

What solution can do all that? The answer is an aggressive, steadily rising fee on coal, oil and natural gas that returns every nickel to American households. Some call it fee-and-dividend. Others call it a revenue-neutral carbon tax. I’d call it common sense on common ground.”