As of Tuesday, November 18, 2014
To the editor:
We, in Eastern Oregon, have a unique opportunity to affect the biggest threat to the future of our children and life around us: Global warming. We are all familiar with the scientists’ predictions.
And we see it with our own eyes — increases in beetles attacking the trees, wildfires, and drought — and it is just the tip of the iceberg for what’s ahead.
The temptation is to ignore the problem because it’s “too complicated.”
But there is a practical, simple solution. Place a fee on fossil fuels were they are first sold (wellhead, mine), and give 100% of that money to each household — a monthly dividend check — to offset any costs related to the carbon fee.
It’s called “Carbon Fee and Dividend,” proposed in 2007 by a California businessman when he started the rapidly growing Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). The fee would be based on the carbon dioxide (CO2) content of the fuel, and it would be increased each year and until the total U.S. emissions are reduced to 10 percent of what they were in 1990.
A recent, independent study shows that if passed it would reduce CO2 emissions 50 percent below 1990 levels in the U.S., add 2.8 million jobs, and not increase the size of government.
Our opportunity lies with Congressmen Greg Walden. He chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee and is a powerful figure in Congress.
He can make this happen. Everyone — Independents, Republicans and Democrats, religious and community leaders — can support this. If we make our voices loud and clear, I believe he can give us the leadership we need. Learn more at the CCL website and urge him to take action.