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Times Union | Fund, carbon tax both aid clean energy transition

Reading the Nov. 10 editorial "Not so easy getting green," I felt as if it were a bucket of cold water dousing those of us who want to think that passage of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act represented progress against climate change. It was sobering to read that not one wind farm has been built in the last nine years with 16 wind projects being held up and awaiting approval.

Despite the bad news, we should avoid adopting a tone of indignation (too often the fallback position nowadays) and offer approaches to this inaction. The editorial refers to the plan to create a $1 billion fund in the next state budget for climate change projects ranging from mass transit to aid to municipalities when fossil fuel plants close. Another proposal mentioned is a carbon tax, which would use market forces to make renewable energy more competitive. 

Read more at the Times Union: Fund, carbon tax both aid clean energy transition

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