Letter to the Editor | Support plan to cut carbon emissions

Letter to the Editor | Support plan to cut carbon emissions

Thank you to The News-Gazette for publishing Sen. Dick Durbin's recent op-ed: Carbon tax could be effective way to limit emissions.

Fortunately, there's a bipartisan bill supported by both Democratic and Republican House members that does just that. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763) places a steadily rising fee on carbon pollution and returns all the net revenue back to the American public.

It's effective — reducing America's emissions by at least 40 percent within 12 years.

It's supported by economists and scientists as simple, comprehensive and effective, and it's good for people — this policy will improve health and save lives by reducing pollution that Americans breathe.

Additionally, the carbon dividend puts money directly into people's pockets every month to spend as they see fit, helping low- and middle-income Americans.

The fees collected on carbon emissions will be allocated to all Americans to spend any way they choose.

The government will not keep any of the fees collected, so the size of the government will not grow.

Citizens' Climate Lobby, a grassroots organization, has worked with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle for almost a decade to introduce this type of legislation, and a local group in Champaign is getting up and started. If you'd like to get involved and find out more, go to energyinnovationact.org, and ask your representative to support this legislation.

BRETT CEASE

Lexington, Ky.

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