Constituent policy

Congress must pass meaningful climate policy

We have reached the first anniversary of President Biden’s Earth Day 2021 pledge to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

A year later, negotiations in the Senate to pass the reconciliation bill aimed at significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions are continuing. Time is running out to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.

We cannot waste the best opportunity to pass climate legislation in over a decade. Congress must find a way to pass meaningful climate policy that lives up to Biden’s pledge, and a price on carbon is an essential part of it.

By making polluters pay instead of paying them to pollute (as we currently do with fossil fuel subsidies), businesses and investors would be incentivized to reduce their carbon footprint and innovate new technologies to become greener more rapidly. The income collected by the tax could be returned to households in the form of dividends to fight inflation and stimulate employment and economic growth.

Other ideas include investing in and restoring frontline marginalized communities that have already suffered disproportionately from the impacts of climate change, or investing in retooling manufacturing and retraining our workforce. for a decarbonized future. The possibilities are exciting and we need to start now.

The first step is to tell leaders what we want: a livable home for everyone. Contact the president, representative Bergman and the senses. Stabenow and Peters and tell them it’s high time to put a price on carbon.

To find out more, come and attend a free screening of the film “2040” at the Garden Theater at 4 p.m. on April 30. The film is an uplifting vision of the world we can build together and the event will include a discussion with students from Frankfurt High School. (it is their future that is at stake) and volunteers from the Citizens Climate Lobby. Hope to see you there.

Catherine Williams