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Renee Ward, Bismarck, Published August 17 2013

Letter: Climate policy will affect us all

I read Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak’s Aug. 8 commentary outlining some of the challenges involved in climate policy and carbon regulation, and I appreciated her addressing this subject. This is a complex and emotionally charged issue, and policies to address it will significantly affect all of us.

I’m not a climate scientist, but I understand this much. There are no borders on air. So when it comes to regulating carbon dioxide, we need to do it along with countries such as China. This makes the most sense for our economy, and will have the fastest, most meaningful effect on reducing carbon emissions.

Assuming the expense and economic impact of reducing our emissions while China and other countries are allowed to negate our reductions is a lot to ask of Americans and the families employed by industries that will be affected by carbon regulations.