Letter to the Editor: Congressional carbon dividend trust fund is good for our country, our children

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OPINION — Two momentous events occurred in late November: the release of the 4th National Climate Assessment and the introduction of a bipartisan congressional act to address it, HR 7173, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018.

The Climate Assessment describes the high economic, environmental, health, safety and national security costs of continuing on our current emissions path, and the short time frame for action. These emissions impact the air we breath now and the Earth our children will inherit.

HR 7173 would apply an increasing fee on emissions from domestic sources and at entry ports, enabling our businesses to remain competitive worldwide while driving other countries to enact a similar policy.

Revenues would be returned to citizens as a dividend, erasing consumer cost impacts. The effect will be economic pressure for clean energy, unleashing innovation, spurring job and economic growth. See “Our Solution” on the Citizens’ Climate Lobby website for more information.

Utah’s Legislature passed state resolution HCR-007 this year, encouraging emissions reductions. Now we need to pass that sentiment on to Congress.  Send a letter to your US representatives encouraging their support of HR 7173.

Submitted by TOM BUTINE, St. George, Utah.

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  • Utahn December 27, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Carbon Tax/Trust is one of the most misguided attempts to steal from the people. It won’t be used for the children.
    This is a complete scam. http://realitybasedpolicy.com/the-carbon-tax-scam/
    Canadian citizens regret moving forward with this carbon tax, don’t let it happen here!
    You do know we exhale CO2, so do trees…

  • Happy Commenter December 27, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Unnecessary taxes never help anyone, this will only give the government more of YOUR money to spend on their foolishness. Besides the fact that this premise is totally bogus. “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Ronald Reagan… That’s the truth libbys

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