By Mark Altgelt
The climate is rapidly changing with increasing temperatures year after year but there is a smart and simple plan that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs, lower temperatures and create a healthy global environment.
The plan being proposed by Citizens Climate Lobby would place gradually increasing fees on the carbon content of fossil fuels at ports of entry, mines and wells and returning that revenue to households in equal monthly per person dividend payments.
That would cut United States’ CO2 emissions in half in twenty years, create 2.8 million new jobs and prevent 225,000 thousand deaths from respiratory diseases.
Sixty five percent of households would receive more in dividend payments than their increased energy cost.
Those projections where the findings of a nonpartisan economic study of the “Carbon Fee and Dividend” plan done by Regional Economic Models, Inc. and is available as a report and video presentation at www.citizensclimatelobby.org.
This market-based revenue neutral approach would create incentives for everyone to conserve energy and make a transition to less expensive alternative energy which would increase demand for alternative energy and energy saving products and create new industries, broad based economic growth and millions of new jobs.
It would also lead the United States toward building a 21st century energy infrastructure and ultimately result in a more efficient clean energy economy.
The Fee and Dividend plan could be implemented on a country by country basis and would provide the same economic and health benefits to each country.
Countries without similar carbon pricing would be required to pay tariffs on imports and the tariff revenue would be added to the fee revenue. Companies exporting to countries without comparable carbon pricing would be reimbursed (with the fee revenue funds) to compensate for higher energy costs.
Do we want to continue causing catastrophic changes to Earth’s atmosphere with increasing emissions while heading blindly toward the tipping point where climate change will be irreversible for thousands of years?
Or do we want to end our addiction to fossil fuels and make the transition to clean alternative energy for the sake of our global environment and future generations?
NASA Climate scientist James Hansen, who first warned Congress about global warming in 1989 says, “If you want to join the fight to save our planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group.”
A meeting to start a Citizens Climate Lobby Chapter in Vallejo led by Dr. Peter Joseph will be at the Mira Community Cultural Center at 51 Daniels Ave on Wednesday the 18th at 7:00.
Please come to the meeting to learn about climate change and how the Carbon Fee and Dividend plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save lives, create jobs, boost the economy and make Americans richer.
Note: All opinions expressed in this column are those of the writer and not necessarily those of the Vallejo Independent Bulletin.