Letter to the editor: Act on climate

To the editor:

It looks like there will be federal action to address climate. Part of that should be to place a fee on carbon emissions that hopefully returns the proceeds to citizens as a dividend. A gradually increasing carbon fee gives innovators and investors the guidance they need. It is a market-based solution that treats everyone equally. Along with federal infrastructure incentives, this will help us to transition from fossil fuel to clean electric. Without it, society will be slow to adapt to clean-energy initiatives. After all, the cheap gas burning status quo is easier than changing to something new. Congress needs to know that we support a carbon fee to help facilitate their efforts.

Our representatives in Congress need to support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. If Republicans are leaning on doing as little as possible, they may regret their failure to engage. If they assume they will regain the reins of power, they could be rudely surprised in 2022. If they force Democrats to address climate with EPA regulations, that will force a clean fuel standard — a forced decrease in fossil fuel and no individual choice. It’s been said that the only legitimate criticism is that a man never learns anything and never changes his mind.

Tony Schmidt,



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