Time to get serious about climate change

To the Journal editor:

As the new decade dawns and a new year begins, it’s increasingly clear that the next 10 years may be our final opportunity to preserve a sustainable planet for our children and grandchildren.

Now, each of us must commit to become warriors in the battle to reduce carbon emissions and limit climate change.

Global carbon emissions have quadrupled since 1960. Last year alone, countries spewed 40.5 billion tons of CO2 into the air. And the last five years were the hottest ever recorded.

Sometimes, the challenge to reduce emissions seems overwhelming and insurmountable. Those who benefit from the status quo are happy for us to believe nothing can change.

So, what can we do when Congress remains unresponsive to our pleas? Well, as the proverb states: The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Contact U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, at 202-225-4735 and urge him to support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 763). This is the best first step we have.

This bipartisan legislation places an escalating fee on carbon producers and returns the fee as a dividend to all American households. It will reduce emissions by 40% in the first twelve years and 90% by 2050, providing a cleaner, healthier environment for subsequent generations. Next, get involved. Join your local Citizens Climate Lobby chapter by visiting citizensclimate.org for more information.

Finally, learn about candidates in the upcoming 2020 election and vote for those dedicated to fixing the climate crisis.

The health and well being of our children, future generations, and our planet are dependent on every one of us to join the fight against climate change.




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