An historic event has occurred. What so many said would never happen happened.
The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is the most robust and comprehensive climate legislation to come out in a decade. And it is bipartisan. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla.; Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla.; Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla.; Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.; and Rep. John Delaney, D-Md.; were the climate champions in Congress who introduced this bill.
Its bipartisan priorities are clear: Cut carbon, increase jobs (a projected 2.1 million jobs in the U.S. in the next decade), improve health, and encourage innovation. The bill would do this through a pricing-and-dividend mechanism, whereby fees placed on carbon emissions would returned to households, encouraging a rapid increase to renewable energies while simultaneously supporting lower-income Americans.
We all know an introduced bill is not a passed bill. But this bill proves America is capable of this kind of shift. This is the bringing of a simple and comprehensive solution to a major issue. As anyone whose home has been under water or on fire in the last few years knows, this is coming none too soon. As citizens, our responsibility now is to respectfully share this information with everyone who will listen and to support our elected officials in sponsoring it.
The writer is the author of "Climate Change Musings" and a member of the Citizens' Climate Lobby. For additional information, she suggests energyinnovationact.org.