Who remembers last summer? The intensely hot days, the historic drought, the smoke-filled skies that stung our eyes and made our throats raw. The massive Greenwood Fire and the rare closure of the entire BWCAW. The constant news reports of droughts, the killer heat waves and huge wildfires in the West. At the same time the floods in the East and the hurricanes that tore through the Southeast which then drowned many in the Northeast. The daily reports of similar events that occurred around the world that are growing in number and severity each year. Each of these tragic extreme weather events are being amplified by our worsening and accelerating climate crisis, which we still have not decided to address.

Greta Thunberg is right, “Our World Is On Fire.” We must act.

Fortunately, Congress can act right now and create important climate solutions. This is truly a “Yes, and” moment where we need all the strong climate policies at the table, especially one that over 3,600 economists and 1,000 businesses have endorsed is simple, fast and effective: making polluters pay by putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions. When coupled with giving money back to Americans with monthly cashback payments, this kind of approach becomes both popular and makes certain that especially low- and middle-income households come out ahead with any rising energy costs.

And there’s even better news — you have the power to help make big ambitious climate solutions possible. Please email President Biden, Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Smith at cclusa.org/white-house. It takes less than two minutes to help by contacting our leaders and asking them to price carbon (#PriceOnPollution).

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Finally, invite your family and friends to act also and thank them for their climate leadership.

Michael Overend

Two Harbors


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