‘Tak­ing ac­tion on climate change’

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Opinion -

I urge Cen­tre County’s Con­gres­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Tom Marino and Glenn Thomp­son, to sup­port the “En­ergy In­no­va­tion and Car­bon Div­i­dend Act of 2018.” This bi­par­ti­san leg­is­la­tion ... puts a fee of $15 per ton on car­bon diox­ide emis­sions from coal, oil, and gas. The fee grows over time at $10 per ton per year. It will drive down car­bon pollution be­cause en­ergy com­pa­nies, in­dus­tries, and con­sumers will move to­ward cleaner, cheaper op­tions.

The money col­lected from the car­bon fee goes — as a div­i­dend — in equal shares ev­ery month to the Amer­i­can peo­ple to spend as they see fit. This is a rev­enu­eneu­tral plan. The gov­ern­ment does not keep any of the money from the car­bon fee. This pol­icy will re­duce Amer­ica’s CO2 emis­sions by 33 per­cent within 10 years. It will im­prove health and save lives.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the car­bon div­i­dend puts money di­rectly into peo­ple’s pock­ets ev­ery month, help­ing low- and mid­dlein­come Amer­i­cans who com­prise the ma­jor­ity of vot­ers in Mr. Marino’s and Mr. Thomp­son’s dis­tricts. It will cre­ate 2.1 mil­lion ad­di­tional jobs over the next 10 years, thanks to growth in the clean en­ergy econ­omy.

Most Amer­i­cans sup­port Con­gress tak­ing ac­tion on climate change, in­clud­ing more than half of Repub­li­can mil­len­nial vot­ers. Solv­ing climate change is too ur­gent to get caught up in par­ti­san pol­i­tics. Spe­cial thanks goes to Penn­syl­va­nia Repub­li­can Con­gress­man Brian Fitz­patrick for co-spon­sor­ing this bill. - Richard W. Jones, State Col­lege, PA

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