Sup­port so­lu­tion to sea level rise

The Island Packet - - Opinion -

It might seem that sea level rise and seis­mic test­ing off our shores don’t have much in com­mon. But they do. Both rep­re­sent se­ri­ous prob­lems for the Low­coun­try.

Sea level rise threat­ens our unique land­scape and our econ­omy by erod­ing beaches, dam­ag­ing prop­erty, harm­ing wildlife, and dis­cour­ag­ing a vi­brant tourism in­dus­try. Seis­mic test­ing threat­ens tourism, too, as it harms sea life and is a pre­cur­sor to off­shore drilling and de­spoiled shores.

We can ad­dress both is­sues by steer­ing our econ­omy away from de­pen­dence on oil and other fos­sil fu­els and re­duc­ing the level of CO2 in the at­mos­phere.

The Fourth Na­tional Cli­mate As­sess­ment tells us the seas will con­tinue ris­ing un­less we ad­dress car­bon pol­lu­tion. There will also con­tinue to be pres­sure to drill for oil un­less pric­ing be­gins to re­flect ac­tual costs.

There is a so­lu­tion — rais­ing the price of car­bon at the source, and re­turn­ing that fee to house­holds as a div­i­dend, en­cour­ag­ing in­vest­ment in re­new­able en­ergy, in­creas­ing jobs and build­ing GDP.

Here’s the great news: A bi­par­ti­san bill do­ing just that has been in­tro­duced into the House, HR 7173, the En­ergy In­no­va­tion and Car­bon Div­i­dend Act, spon­sored by three Repub­li­cans and three Democrats.

This bill de­serves our sup­port.

– Kate and Dave Hud­son

Beau­fort

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