‘Taking action on climate change’
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