I lived for 25 years in New Jersey near Rep. Rush Holt's district. I was pleased when my state first sent a physicist to Congress, so I read with delight your editorial singing the praises of this West Virginia native son. In particular, I appreciate that Holt is a smart scientist who wants people to take seriously the science on climate change.
Today, I watch from a distance as some New Jersey politicians like Gov. Christie and several Republican representatives refuse to act on the science, calling it "esoteric," or childishly refusing to enact legislation if the Chinese don't act first.
Traditional Republicans don't scorn environmental concerns. Reagan fought to save the ozone layer. Nixon brought the EPA into existence. Like them, Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., has supported climate change efforts since the 1980s.
I hope Holt can convince Rep. Smith and other House Republicans to co-sponsor a market-based solution to climate change. Businesses and investors need a stable environment in which to thrive. A revenue-neutral carbon tax would allow the free market to find a safe, secure and sensible path to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. It's not just smart, it's common sense.