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Carbon fee and dividend is best step toward action on climate

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To The Daily Sun,

I am disappointed with the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. Evidence of climate change abounds in the news lately, from intense hurricanes and extreme wildfires to the unseasonably warm autumn we’ve been experiencing here in New England.

I am thankful that New Hampshire’s representatives, Shaheen, Hassan, Shea-Porter, and Kuster, recognize the significant threat climate change represents to our environment, health, and security. And they are not alone. Last week, the House Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus reached an impressive 60 members: 30 Republicans and 30 Democrats (including Congresswoman Kuster). Repeal of the Clean Power Plan is an opportunity for Congress to step up with a simple policy that uses the market to address this complex issue.

The solution? Carbon fee and dividend. — a fee on carbon with revenue returned to households. This solution combats climate change, improves our environment, gives businesses the predictability they need to thrive, protects lower income families, and creates jobs. Climate scientists and economists agree that carbon fee and dividend is the best first step toward meaningful action on climate change.

Aimee Ruiter

Professional Engineer

Volunteer with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby