D.C. sup­port for clean en­ergy needed now

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OPINION - F. Kate Anthony Ring­gold, Ga.

We need to en­cour­age the use of cleaner, cheaper, re­new­able fu­els. I ap­pre­ci­ate the TFP pub­lish­ing two ed­i­to­ri­als in Jan­uary about the ur­gent need to do some­thing to abate cli­mate change.

The first pointed out that re­duc­ing car­bon emis­sions and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment should not be a par­ti­san, po­lit­i­cal is­sue. We all have a vested in­ter­est in keep­ing our planet hab­it­able. The sec­ond said that the hope for our fu­ture is to stop build­ing any new fos­sil fuel in­fra­struc­ture. It said we have the abil­ity to do this; we just need the will.

I am writ­ing to sug­gest an im­por­tant step to take to make those things hap­pen. The En­ergy In­no­va­tion and Car­bon Div­i­dends Act (HR 763) is a bi­par­ti­san pro­posal. It will re­duce U.S. car­bon emis­sions by 40 per­cent in the first 12 years. It puts a fee on fos­sil fuel use, which cre­ates in­cen­tives for com­pa­nies to move to cleaner fu­els. The fees col­lected will go di­rectly to the Amer­i­can people, as a car­bon div­i­dend each month in our pock­ets. It will cre­ate more than 2 mil­lion new jobs.

We are run­ning out of time to make these changes. I urge Rep. Fleis­chmann to sup­port this bill. I ask all of you to ask your con­gres­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tives to do the same.

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