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Reader's View: DC needs to support this climate solution

The Nov. 24 story, "Major climate report details damage, risks," summarized the National Climate Assessment, our federal government's report on the devastating impacts of climate change. Within the last few weeks, the Intergovernmental Panel on C...

The Nov. 24 story, "Major climate report details damage, risks," summarized the National Climate Assessment, our federal government's report on the devastating impacts of climate change. Within the last few weeks, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the United Nations also have issued climate-change reports cautioning that the planet has fewer than a dozen years to phase out fossil fuels and stop warming to disastrous levels.

Although the situation is dire, and some of the damage already has been done, it is still possible to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases that will make a bad situation worse if left unchecked.

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which would place a steadily rising fee on carbon pollution and return all revenue to households equally, was just introduced. It is a market-based approach with bipartisan support, would drive down carbon pollution while putting money in people's pockets, and would be good for business and create jobs.

For the good of our nation and the world, we need to address the threat of climate change now.

When U.S. Rep.-elect Pete Stauber heads to Washington, D.C., in January, he will have the opportunity to support this legislation in the next Congress.

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It is crucial for constituents who care about climate change to voice their support for this new bill. Enacting the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act in the next Congress will be an important step forward in minimizing the harmful effects of climate change.

Meredith Cornett

Duluth

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