Climate-change issue gaining traction
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