With major climate legislation looking likely this year, thousands of experts and regular citizens are closely watching the debate heat up over what is going to become our national response to climate change. Getting Republicans and Democrats to sit at the same table continues to be challenging, but the ground beneath the congressional floors is warming just as spring is arriving.

Rep. Pete Stauber has taken several steps — more than any other Minnesota Republican — to show he is paying attention to climate. He has advanced both H.R. 1790, the Carbon Capture Modernization Act, which advances carbon capture and sequestration, and H.R. 1992, the SCALE Act, which works in several areas to advance carbon capture. Any step small or large that advances bipartisan work on climate should be recognized, particularly in today's political culture that often appears to reward elected officials who take stands and accomplish little.

The fact remains that carbon pricing, with fees returned to citizens as dividends, remains the most efficient, internationally nimble, globally tested, and equitable foundation for any legislation. It is the piece that accelerates all the positive outcomes — jobs, health, innovation, and economic expansion. Happily, it is also a single measure that is on the table for both Democrats and Republicans. It is the bridge we need to build a single pathway to bipartisan legislation that could solve our emissions crisis for decades to come.

Katya Gordon

Two Harbors

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