Letters to the Editor

Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal puts price on carbon

Economists overwhelmingly agree with climate scientists that global warming is happening.

▪  97 percent of climate scientists are convinced, based upon the evidence, that human-caused global warming is happening.

▪  84 percent of economists contend that climate change negatively impacts the US economy (especially agricultural, rural areas).

▪  98 percent of economists agreed that a market-based solution could achieve significant reduction in carbon emissions while spurring development in a new, more efficient energy industry.

The Bloomberg View column “Another view: Make natural gas a (shorter) bridge” Sept. 9 points out that cheap natural gas has done more to reduce carbon emissions than government regulations. Market forces work.

Republicans are starting to show concern about the climate. Www.RepublicEn.org believes in climate change and is committed to fighting it with free enterprise instead of ineffective subsidies and regulations. Republican Rep. Robert Dold (IL-10) is a member of a new bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus and Sen. Mark Kirk helped start the Senate Energy and Environment Working. A future president could eliminate President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). A legislative solution is needed.

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Carbon Fee and Dividend legislative proposal puts a price on carbon and return all the money to American households. It would be more effective than the CPP, would apply to all forms of fossil energy, and would protect the financial well-being of American families. It would encourage private investment in cleaner technology, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. The Carbon Fee and Dividend would provide incentives for all these things.

Ronald G. Trimmer, chair, Southern Illinois Chapter, Citizens’ Climate Lobby