Cli­mate leg­is­la­tion

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - OUTLOOK -

Re­gard­ing “Cli­mate re­port hounds en­ergy” (Front page, Thurs­day): The ar­ti­cle un­der­scores what sci­en­tists have pre­dicted for over a cen­tury: Burn­ing fos­sil fu­els cre­ates pol­lu­tion that blan­kets and warms the earth with many neg­a­tive, se­ri­ous con­se­quences.

Be­tween this re­port and oth­ers in re­cent weeks, it is ir­refutable that hu­man ac­tiv­ity — us­ing fos­sil fu­els — has neg­a­tively im­pacted the cli­mate, and the sit­u­a­tion will con­tinue to worsen. The En­ergy In­no­va­tion and Car­bon Div­i­dend Act, which was in­tro­duced in Congress on Tues­day, is a cli­mate so­lu­tion. This act ap­plies a na­tion­wide price on car­bon emis­sions but re­turns the rev­enue to peo­ple each month, en­cour­ag­ing cus­tomer spend­ing. Green­house gas emis­sions would be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced over the next decade, im­prov­ing the health of Amer­i­cans while low­er­ing the num­ber of Amer­i­cans who die from toxic air, cur­rently es­ti­mated at 60,000 an­nu­ally. Ron Drees, Hous­ton

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