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Reader’s View: Together we can combat climate change

Climate change is causing severe weather to become more intense and flooding to become more common both globally and in our area. In October, a storm caused an estimated $18.4 million in damage, including to the Duluth Lakewalk and Brighton Beach...

Climate change is causing severe weather to become more intense and flooding to become more common both globally and in our area. In October, a storm caused an estimated $18.4 million in damage, including to the Duluth Lakewalk and Brighton Beach area.

I believe we can end our nation’s contributions to climate change by working together as American citizens from both political parties. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (energyinnovationact.org/) is a great step forward. It exists thanks to the hard work of 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.

This act would benefit us by increasing jobs in clean energy, including steel workers providing steel for wind turbines. Other benefits from the climate legislation include increased human and wildlife health and decreased storm intensity.

Here’s how it would work. A fee would be placed on carbon emissions when it is removed from the ground. The fee would be split equally among all Americans, and 100 percent of the fee would be returned to us as a dividend. The cost of carbon-rich fuels would increase, but the dividend we receive would offset the increased cost for lower- and most middle-class Americans. Renewable energy would become less expensive, and we would be more likely to use it.

It is exciting to see Americans working together to conquer climate change. Please tell others about this bill and ask your congressional representatives to support it.

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Erika X.C. Johnston

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