Support solution to sea level rise
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