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Letter: Lobbying for climate-change solutions

In Sunday’s New York Times, Henry Paulson Jr. called for a national carbon tax to address out-of-control climate change. Far from being a radical idea, this approach takes a page straight out of basic economic theory in which things that are harmful to society are taxed.

Citizens Climate Lobby, a grassroots organization with over 300 chapters nationwide, has Americans lobbying their representatives across the country for exactly what Paulson has proposed. The Roaring Fork Valley Citizens Climate Lobby chapter is in Washington, D.C., this week at the Citizens Climate Lobby national conference and has meetings scheduled with Sens. Mark Udall, Michael Bennet and Rep. Scott Tipton’s offices.

Citizens Climate Lobby advocates for a “carbon tax and dividend,” which means putting a price on carbon and then returning the revenue back to the American people. Rather than growing government, this policy is revenue-neutral. Because of this, the policy can be supported across the aisle. Yes a carbon tax will affect the economy, but so will unchecked climate change. The longer we wait to address climate change the more expensive it will be. The most effective and best chance at a bipartisan solution is a carbon tax and dividend.

Lucy Kessler


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