By Susan Kobara, Carlsbad

Every day, there is news of climate catastrophes that may be linked to climate change. Every day, we hear the same excuses from world leaders and legislators: it’s a hoax; we can’t do anything unless China and India do something; climate has changed before; there’s no scientific consensus.

Unless we act, history will show a lack of moral leadership that caused one of the greatest human failures.

But there is hope and a path forward. Scientists agree that climate change can be stopped by ending the burning of fossil fuels. A fee on carbon does exactly this, in addition to generating jobs and encouraging energy innovation. If you want to be part of the solution, join a group such as Citizens Climate Lobby, a nonpartisan group that is working on getting Congress to pass carbon reduction legislation.

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  • Well said, Susan.

    There is a bill before Congress that will introduce a revenue-neutral carbon tax – The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 ( H.R. 763 / Deutch, 75 cosponsors / 116th Congress). A similar bill was also introduced in the Senate in 2018, as The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018 (S.3791 / Coons, 115th Congress)

    These bills impose a fee on the carbon content of fuels, including crude oil, natural gas, coal, or any other product derived from those fuels that will be used so as to emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

    There have been no action on either bill according to GovTrack.

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