Car­bon Tax Gains Back­ing as UN Meets on Global Warm­ing

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Bur­jing­ton, VT

U.S. Sen. Bernie San­ders (I-Vt.) yes­ter­day wel­comed grow­ing support for a tax on car­bon emis­sions that cause global warm­ing as the United Na­tions hosted a one­day sum­mit on cli­mate change.

The World Bank said Mon­day that 73 na­tions and some 1,000 com­pa­nies will join forces to push for poli­cies set­ting a price on car­bon emis­sions to en­cour­age a shift to cleaner en­ergy tech­nolo­gies.

“It is ex­tremely im­por­tant that in­ter­na­tional support is build­ing to put a price on car­bon emis­sions that cause global warm­ing,” said San­ders, a mem­ber of both the Se­nate envi- ron­ment and en­ergy com­mit­tees and the spon­sor of leg­is­la­tion to tax car­bon.

“The bad news is that Repub­li­cans in Congress – most of whom have ig­nored the over­whelm­ing sci­en­tific con­sen­sus that global warm­ing is a ma­jor threat to our planet –con­tinue to block leg­is­la­tion to ad­dress the plan­e­tary cri­sis.” San­ders’ bill, cospon­sored by Sen. Bar­bara Boxer (D-Calif), the en­vi­ron­ment com­mit­tee chair­man, would place a tax on car­bon and meth­ane pol­lu­tion and use the rev­enue to lower con­sumers’ bills for new, cleaner sources of en­ergy.

At the United Na­tions to­day, the an­nual Gen­eral Assem­bly gath­er­ing of more than 100 world lead­ers heard from Pres­i­dent Barack Obama as the world body be­gan to lay a foun­da­tion for a new global treaty to re­verse the rise of heat-trap­ping gases

“As one of the 400,000 peo­ple who marched through the streets of New York City on Mon­day in the Peo­ple’s Cli­mate March, I ap­pre­ci­ate Pres­i­dent Obama’s call for the United States to be a leader on cli­mate change. The pres­i­dent can and should do more, but the ac­tions he an­nounced to­day – like new agree­ments to re­duce meth­ane pol­lu­tion – are im­por­tant steps to­ward tack­ling the plan­e­tary cri­sis of global warm­ing,” San­ders said.

“This is an in­ter­na­tional plan­e­tary cri­sis and, for the sake of our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, we must ad­dress it,” San­ders said.

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