Letter: We need carbon pricing

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Spring is here, and I’m scared. Last spring, in a single weekend, I pulled seven deer ticks off my family. We were not in the deep woods or the tall grass. We were in the yard, playing on the swing-set.

My kids, who were 4 and 6 at the time, trembled with fear every time I told them that I found another embedded tick. And these kids don’t even know about Lyme disease. I do not want my children to be terrified of playing outside. My husband and I live in New Hampshire because we love the outdoors. But unfortunately, an increasing deer tick population is just one of the many ways that climate change is affecting life in New Hampshire.

Thankfully, there is hope. By placing a fee on carbon-based fossil fuels, we can help curb climate change. And by returning the collected funds to families in equal monthly shares, this revenue-neutral solution will protect low-income families and grow our economy, without growing our government. Two out of three Americans support a refundable carbon fee. It’s time to make it happen.

I urge our congressional delegation – Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster, and Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen – to support a carbon fee and dividend policy, like the one proposed by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Help Congress take action on climate change by sending your representatives a message to let them know that we need carbon pricing now (bit.ly/CCL-write-congress).