James A. Baker, III, and George P. Shultz — both former secretaries of state and Treasury secretaries — offer "A Conservative Answer to Climate Change" in a commentary for The Wall Street Journal. "Just as in the 1980s, there is mounting evidence of problems with the atmosphere that are growing too compelling to ignore," they write. Their solution rests on four pillars:
- "Creating a gradually increasing carbon tax.
- Returning the tax proceeds to the American people in the form of dividends.
- Establishing border carbon adjustments that protect American competitiveness and encourage other countries to follow suit.
- Rolling back government regulations once such a system is in place."
"Controlling the White House and Congress means that Republicans bear the responsibility of exercising wise leadership on the defining challenges of our era. Climate change is one of these issues," they conclude.
The response from the media includes:
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