Letter: Whether 'tis nobler in the lungs to suffer
Background image of wind turbines in Palm Desert, Calif., courtesy BiggerPictureImages/flickr
July 22, 2016
If we're going to allude to Shakespeare in the debate over a carbon tax, let's bring out the iambic pentameter. A reader responds.
Editor's Note: Our July 18 op-ed on the carbon tax ("To tax or not to tax") continues to draw reader response, including this treatment from Jeffrey Rissman, who notes that "Hamlet was the Prince of Denmark, and Denmark is known for wind turbines...."
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To the Editor:
To tax or not to tax—that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the lungs to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous emissions,
Or to take arms against a sea of polluters,
And, by opposing, end them. To tax, to regulate—
No more—and by a law to say we end
The heart disease and the thousand unnatural shocks
That flesh is heir to—'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To tax, to regulate—
To regulate, perchance to redistribute. Aye, there's the rub,
For in that taxation of carbon what dividends may come,
When we have cast off this fossil energy,
Must give us pause.
San Francisco, Calif.
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