To the editor:
With election day over, we all have some victories to savor and losses to lament. But whether a Democrat or Republican, there’s one thing we can’t afford to lose: control over the heat-trapping emissions that destabilize our climate.
Our loss of control has gone on far too long. But we have a vital opportunity at hand as Congress hashes out the final details of the budget reconciliation bill. It includes substantial funding for the climate that can help steer us in the right direction through clean-energy incentives. While highly valuable, they alone aren’t sufficient.
Major corporations who profit from dirty energy also need to have incentives — not just subsidies but costs that make them take responsibility for the climate damage they’ve caused and push them to change their business plans.
There’s a very effective way to achieve that. Charge a pollution fee per ton of their heat-trapping emissions. Relative to fossil fuels, that will make clean energy even cheaper than it already is. Use the pollution fees for cash-back dividends that protect mid-to-low-income households from price increases, and take what’s left over to support other worthy programs to reduce pollution and stabilize our climate.
Vote with your voices, and call Congress right now. Say we’re all for an effective climate policy that pays for itself!