Carbon emissions bill deserves everyone’s support

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The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act was introduced in Congress by two Republicans and three Democrats on Nov. 27.

This policy will reduce America’s emissions by 33 percent within 10 years, improving health and saving lives. Additionally, the carbon dividend puts money directly into people’s pockets every month to spend as they see fit, helping low and middle income Americans. The fees collected on carbon emissions will be allocated to all Americans to spend any way they choose. The government will not keep any of the fees collected.

The policy will create 2.1 million additional jobs over the next 10 years, thanks to growth in the clean energy economy.

Legislators of both parties are on board, cosponsoring this bill together. The majority of Americans support government taking action on climate change, including more than half of Idahoans. Solving climate change is too urgent to get caught up in partisan politics.

If you support the compromise in this bill, call your Representative and Senator now. And call your new Representative next January. It’s time to encourage our legislators to work together.

NANCY GERTH

Sagle

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