Cli­mate-change is­sue gain­ing trac­tion

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Thank­fully, the na­tional con­ver­sa­tion about cli­mate change is mov­ing for­ward. Politi­cians and busi­ness lead­ers on both sides of the aisle ac­knowl­edge that cli­mate change is real and caused by green­house gases.

The House Ways and Means Com­mit­tee just held a hear­ing on the eco­nomic and health con­se­quences of cli­mate change. A coali­tion of cor­po­ra­tions and en­vi­ron­men­tal groups also pre­sented in­for­ma­tion about a “car­bon pric­ing” plan. Three thou­sand five hun­dred econ­o­mists re­cently signed a let­ter in the Wall Street Jour­nal rec­om­mend­ing this to in­cen­tivize a shift to prac­tices that will lower emis­sions that cause global warm­ing and cli­matere­lated dis­as­ters.

While there is al­ready a bi­par­ti­san bill in the House that out­lines such a plan, (HR 763, The En­ergy In­no­va­tion and Car­bon Div­i­dend Act) the ma­jor­ity of its co-sponsors are Democrats. The con­ser­va­tive Cli­mate Lead­er­ship Coun­cil also rec­om­mends a car­bon fee and div­i­dend sys­tem. It is slightly dif­fer­ent and in­cludes greater roll­back of reg­u­la­tions, but they don't have a spe­cific bill yet. The re­cent Luntz poll showed that 75% of Repub­li­cans un­der 40 backed a car­bon fee and div­i­dend plan. So many sec­tors agree now on the need for car­bon pric­ing. I en­cour­age Reps. Costa, Cox, McCarthy, McClin­tock and Nunes to sup­port this bi­par­ti­san ef­fort.

– An­drea De Zu­biria, Fresno

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