Letter: Fight climate change by changing the system

Published: 11/12/2019 12:01:11 AM

I am responding to an excellent article you published by David Brooks, “Challenge to cut waste a test to entire system” (Monitor front page, Nov. 5).

While attempting to rise to the Conservation Law Foundation’s challenge to produce zero waste, David Brooks discovered it’s the system that is the problem, and we need to take political action to change the system.

This same lesson applies to the production of the greenhouse gases that have produced our climate crisis. Our individual actions will not be sufficient to control global warming.

We need to change the system. A very simple first step will be to put a price on carbon. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763), now before the House of Representatives, does just that.

This bill puts a gradually rising fee on fossil fuels at their source (well, mine, border). This will drive down carbon pollution because energy companies, leading industries and American consumers will move toward cleaner, cheaper options.

The money collected from the carbon fee is allocated in equal shares every month to the American people to spend as they see fit, thus protecting poor people from the rising costs. The government does not keep any money from the carbon fee.

To protect U.S. manufacturers and jobs, imported goods will pay a border carbon adjustment, and goods exported from the United States will receive a refund.

You can take political action by contacting Rep. Annie Kuster and Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan to ask them to support this bill.



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