In The Tribune on Feb. 11, I read five articles, one letter to the editor and two cartoons, all acknowledging the need for action on climate change. Issues involving lack of water, declining snow pack, big-business investment in solar farms and wind turbines, developing technology to improve electric cars, and the oil industry feeling the winds of change on their bottom line are all in the news and on the minds of American citizens.
As Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “Our view is that the time for talk is past, and the time for action is now,” (“Solar farm project will supply Apple operations,” Feb. 11). Citizens’ Climate Lobby proposes revenue neutral carbon fee and dividend legislation (CFD) that would reduce CO2 emissions 52 percent in 20 years and create 2.1 million new jobs in 10 years. A fee would be placed on carbon-based fuels at the source, with 100 percent of the money collected equally returned to American households.
Check out the Citizens’ Climate Lobby website, read the REMI report and contact Rep. Lois Capps. Encourage her to work with a Republican counterpart to introduce CFD in 2015, ahead of the Paris Climate Summit. Let’s strike while the iron is hot!