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With recent flight cancellations, staffing snafus and other problems plaguing the airlines lately, there’s real concern this holiday weekend could become a chaotic mess for many Americans. Congress is starting to ask how, exactly, the companies have used the $50 billion in pandemic relief funding the taxpayers gave them over the past two years to ensure smooth operation — given that smooth operation is the opposite of what some carriers have been providing lately. It’s a valid question.

They are simple ideas: Pay big companies to not pollute. Pay farmers to plant cover crops or do no-till, thus reducing the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere when carbon-laden soil is plowed. For that price, we could save the planet.

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