Cli­mate: Bi­par­ti­san hope arises in Congress

The News Tribune - - Opinion -

The News Tri­bune Ed­i­to­rial Board sup­ported Ini­tia­tive1631 after an es­pe­cially dire cli­mate re­port came out. I was hope­ful.

Then I-1631 didn’t pass and more dire re­ports ap­peared. My hope for our fu­ture al­most dis­ap­peared.

But an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity emerged on Nov. 27. It’s a big­ger, bet­ter fit than I-1631. It’s fed­eral and bi­par­ti­san.

The En­ergy In­no­va­tion and Car­bon Div­i­dend Act (HR 7173) re­duces emis­sions and im­proves health and the econ­omy with­out grow­ing gov­ern­ment.

This bill is ef­fec­tive and prac­ti­cal. It was in­tro- duced in the lame-duck ses­sion to set the stage for vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship and ac­tion next year.

It demon­strates that for­ward-think­ing Repub­li­cans and Democrats in Congress ex­pect cli­mate so­lu­tions to be a bridge to unite us, not a wedge to di­vide us.

My hope and drive to act are re­stored. You can help en­act this leg­is­la­tion too. Tell oth­ers and de­mand elected of­fi­cials work to­gether for us and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. – Vir­ginia I. Lohr,


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