Needs GOP mem­bers for cli­mate ac­tion

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

I am look­ing for Repub­li­cans who are con­cerned about cli­mate change.

I vol­un­teer with Cit­i­zens’ Cli­mate Lobby. CCL is de­lib­er­ately bi­par­ti­san. We have a “Con­ser­va­tive Cau­cus” help­ing present our ideas to Repub­li­can leg­is­la­tors. But to be hon­est, CCL Fresno needs more Repub­li­cans.

Repub­li­can sen­ti­ment for strong cli­mate ac­tion is grow­ing. Frank Luntz, the fa­mous con­ser­va­tive poll­ster on Fox News, sent a memo to Repub­li­cans in Congress. His polling found that Repub­li­cans sup­port a “car­bon div­i­dend” plan 2 to 1, reach­ing 6 to 1 for Repub­li­cans un­der 40.

Car­bon div­i­dends start with car­bon fees on oil, coal and nat­u­ral gas. The money col­lected is dis­trib­uted as div­i­dends. Thou­sands of con­ser­va­tive economists like this mar­ket-based plan for re­duc­ing green­house gas emis­sions.

For 10 years CCL has pushed this kind of leg­is­la­tion, and fi­nally a bi­par­ti­san bill has been in­tro­duced, the “En­ergy In­no­va­tion and Car­bon Div­i­dend Act”, HR 763.

Ac­tu­ally, three more bills have been in­tro­duced with car­bon fees. These oth­ers give only part of the money back to the peo­ple. The other money is ei­ther swapped for lower pay­roll taxes, or spent di­rectly on re­duc­ing emis­sions.

Would you like to talk about this? Get in touch: [email protected]­

– Devin Car­roll, Fresno

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