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Reprinted from Robert Reich Blog

From youtube.com/watch?v=4q1TdY6lK1E: Air Pollution
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Instead of investing in dirty fuels, let's start charging polluters for poisoning our skies -- and then invest the revenue so that it benefits everyone.

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Each ton of carbon that's released into the atmosphere costs our nation between $40 and $100, and we release millions tons of it every year.

Businesses don't pay that cost. They pass it along to the rest of us--in the form of more extreme weather and all the costs to our economy and health resulting from it.

We've actually invested more than $6 trillion in fossil fuels since 2007. The money has been laundered through our savings and tax dollars.

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This has got to be reversed.

We can clean our environment and strengthen the economy if we (1) divest from carbon polluters, (2) make the polluters pay a price to pollute, and (3) then collect the money.

Please see the accompanying video, and share.

 

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Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, has a new film, "Inequality for All," to be released September 27. He blogs at www.robertreich.org.

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