A tipping point for the politics of climate change? Perhaps overshadowed by the Republican debates and the Pope’s visit, a little noticed but very important shift took place in Congress last month.
On Sept. 19, 11 Republicans, led by Chris Gibson of New York, submitted a Resolution calling for Congress to act on climate. This could well be the critical tipping point that will allow progress on climate change. A majority of even conservative Republicans now favor growing clean energy “so that American can lead on addressing global environmental issues.” But they want to do so without expanding government and regulations.
A gradually increasing revenue-neutral tax on carbon with border tariffs could fill the bill. It is much cheaper to implement than regulations. By returning all proceeds to the public, it will actually improve the economy, creating 2.8 million jobs.
And if we do nothing? Citigroup predicts the cost of inaction will be $44 trillion.
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The Gibson resolution could be the tipping point that snowballs into action on climate change. Please urge representatives to join them.
Cynthia Mahoney, Danville