Thank you for the Feb. 2 article, “Pollen reveals climate change.” This University of Wyoming study “...points to a current, rapid warming trend that is counter to the historic norm of a gradually warming and cooling planet.” Such an abnormal rate of change in our lifetime is surprising. But we must acknowledge that: “It’s real, it’s us, it’s bad, and there are solutions.” (National Geographic)
I’m convinced that focusing on climate solutions is not only possible, but personally necessary because of my four grandchildren, and for the hundreds of fourth- and fifth-grade students I taught who are now making their way in the world. I also choose to welcome conversations with people of different viewpoints to think about a variety of climate solutions. It’s pragmatic to put our heads together to support solutions that are “cross-partisan” (Al Simpson’s words).
One cross-partisan solution, “Carbon Fee and Dividend (CF&D),” places a steadily rising price on carbon, which allows market forces to reduce carbon emissions over time. The dividends are returned equally to American households to help off-set the increased costs of energy, keeping it revenue neutral. No carbon fees are used to fund government spending. Countries without an equivalent price on carbon are charged a tariff at our border.
Our senators and representative, while more focused on clean technology solutions, are aware of this plan. Learn more at citizensclimateeducation.org (Solutions), or citizensclimatelobby.org. CCE/L is a cross-partisan citizen volunteer organization with chapters in most U.S. Congressional districts, including Wyoming.
A similar proposal, “Carbon Dividends,” was written in 2017 by George Schultz, James Baker, etc. of the Climate Leadership Council. (www.clcouncil.org)
But, a carbon fee in Wyoming? Isn’t that a counter-intuitive idea for our fossil fuel-based economy? Here’s a surprise: even Exxon-Mobil supports CF&D and/or CD proposals because they promote a predictable market signal, and will help clarify the energy transitions ahead.
I appreciate the researchers at UW for providing insights into our climate’s history, and stimulating us to talk together about our impacts on future climate.