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Letter: To be fair, all pollution should be taxed

Published on February 15, 2018 8:39PM


I see our neighbors in western Oregon are deeply concerned about greenhouse gases and how to tax the producers. The primary tax should be levied on the citizens of Oregon, as we pose a serious threat to the environment.

A belch releases carbon dioxide, while flatulence releases a volume of methane. The tax should be three-tiered: 20 cents daily from birth to 20 years of age, 30 cents daily from 21 to 55 years of age, and 45 cents daily for ages 56 and older. Taxes using this structure would cost the most serious offenders a proportionate share of the burden.

This tax could be the first step in returning Oregon to the pristine environment that existed prior to the arrival of humans.

Mike Mehren

Hermiston



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