I was extremely disappointed in the attitude toward climate-change legislation exhibited by La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) leadership as described in the Herald (May 8).
The only voice of reason in the article was that of Dick White with the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado. It is beyond my understanding how the LPEA chief executive officer could be so uninformed on the economics of energy production and its effect upon global warming.
White has it exactly right when he says that LPEA is only looking at monetary costs and is excluding environmental costs - which Mother Nature will force us to pay at some point in the future (do you really want your grandchildren and great-grandchildren to pay for our selfish short-sightedness?).
Proposed legislation now in Congress attempts to internalize environmental costs through either a cap-and-trade system or an emissions fee/tax and dividend approach. From all I have read recently, it appears that emissions fee/tax and dividend may be the sure and simple way to go. There appear to be too many ways cap and trade can be misused or abused.
In either case, the key is that 100 percent of revenue collected should be returned to the people each year. The average person, if diligent in energy conservation efforts, will actually come out ahead - and annual dividends (paid from the IRS like an income tax refund) will exceed increased energy costs.
I believe that Greg Munro and/or the president of the board should prepare another letter, this time to the entire LPEA membership, apologizing for the one-sided, unfair representation of such a complex issue.
LPEA members need to be informed, but they must be informed with accurate, balanced arguments on the issues.
Marilyn McCord, Vallecito