April 25, 2013

The April 22 editorial “Lights off in Europe,” on Europe’s economic decision to burn more coal and Germany’s political decision to phase out its nuclear facilities, illustrates the futility of fighting global warming on an economic, political, psychological or environmental basis.

Every current argument for reducing greenhouse gases ends up relying on moral and/or ethical grounds. Europe’s experience and our own record of bureaucracy must make us extremely skeptical that the U.S. government’s putting a price on carbon emissions could be, as the editorial recommended, “simple, predictable, aggressive and comprehensive.” Besides, there is no way that the government would then get out of the way.

Paul Quigg, Luray, Va.