Climate proposal offers hope for collaboration
The timely letter, “It’s foolish to believe that we are immortal,” stressed the unavoidable perils of climate change. Science shows that the climate crisis already threatens the health of our planet and the viability of our economy.
For years, discourse around climate change mitigation has been unnecessarily partisan. Recent months heightened those tensions, and raised environmentalists’ hackles. But concerned citizens may be relieved to learn that eight conservative statesmen recently released a market-based climate change solution.
This plan, drafted by the Climate Leadership Council, a group that includes former secretaries of state George Schultz and James Baker III, outlines a per-ton tax on carbon dioxide emissions. Money collected from the tax would be returned to American households in a quarterly dividend.
This move by Republican elders proves that ensuring a sustainable future is an issue where conservatives and progressives can collaborate. I encourage Reps. Brian Higgins and Chris Collins to take this opportunity to explore the merits of the “Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends,” and to commit to responsible climate action.
Paige Ellen Dedrick
Citizens’ Climate Lobby, New York