Bipartisan action needed on climate change

Kudos to Letter to the Editor writer Wayne A. Moyer (Gazette, May 10) for calling for climate solutions. Collective action is needed to achieve the level of emissions reduction needed to address this problem.

More than 3,500 economists, including 27 Nobel Prize-winners and top economic advisers to presidents of both parties, have endorsed a plan to fight climate change. Their “Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends” advocates putting a steadily rising price on carbon dioxide emissions and returning the money to the American people.

This statement concludes that the price signal will encourage technological innovation and steer our economy toward a low-carbon future. Returning the revenue to households will shield consumers from rising energy prices and “the majority of families, including the most vulnerable, will benefit financially.” A border carbon adjustment would protect U.S. competitiveness and encourage other nations to adopt their own carbon-pricing systems.

A bipartisan bill embracing these principles has been introduced in the House of Representatives -- the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Let's thank Representatives Gerald Connolly (D-VA), Francis Rooney (R-FL), Susan Wild (D-PA) and their colleagues for sponsoring this bill and urge other members of Congress to support their courageous action.

Terry Hansen

Hales Corners, Wisconsin

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