To The Daily Sun,
It has been great to see all the recent letters published in The Laconia Daily Sun discussing environmental issues, including climate change. Unfortunately, climate change has become a difficult topic to discuss. It is often a polarizing topic, and many individuals feel powerless against such a large scale issue. Many believe that a problem of this magnitude requires government involvement to affect a solution.
The Citizens' Climate Lobby has such a solution: carbon fee and dividend. This simple policy proposal places a fee on carbon-based fossil fuels at their source of extraction, and returns the money to American households through monthly dividends. A tariff adjustment at the border would prevent business relocation. There are many projected benefits of this policy:
— Two-thirds of households will financially break even or come out ahead, according to an independent study by Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI). This economic stimulus is projected to add 2.8 million jobs within 20 years.
— The increase in use of clean and renewable energy sources will lead to cleaner air and water for all.
— The decreased reliance on fossil fuels will lead to a drastic reduction in carbon dioxide levels, which climate scientists agree is the primary contributing factor to climate change.
— National security concerns surrounding climate change (including exacerbated famine, war, and destabilization) will be alleviated, and America will enjoy increased energy independence.
The time is right for our leaders to take meaningful action on climate change. Encouragingly, a bipartisan consensus for action on climate change is beginning to emerge in Congress. The House Republican Climate Resolution, which acknowledges the negative impacts of climate change and the need for action, now has 20 sponsors. Senior Republican statesmen, including former Secretary of State James Baker, former Secretary of State George Shultz, and former secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson recently put forth a carbon fee and dividend policy proposal. Meanwhile, The House Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus currently has 40 members, and continues to grow. Thanks to N.H. Congresswoman Kuster for joining! NH Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, I hope you will be next!
Don't be afraid to talk to your friends and family about climate change. Write to your representatives supporting Carbon Fee and Dividend. And join Citizens' Climate Lobby's 60,000+ volunteers help build political will for a livable world (www.CitizensClimateLobby.org).
Because ultimately, we all want the same thing: a clean and safe place to live for generations to come.