Bill would set a price on carbon, give rebate to consumers

I read the recent editorial (“State must make its own path to address climate change,” The Herald, Dec. 2) with much interest.

I agree that the states must take their own initiative to deal with climate change because we have not been able to count on the federal government. However, there is a ray of hope recently introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives, the “Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act,” which was sponsored by a bipartisan group of four representatives.

This bill was a year and a half in the writing as the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus worked out the language and details. Its attributes are that it will be effective in decreasing atmospheric carbon dioxide, it is bipartisan, it will create jobs and will improve environmental health problems, saving lives.

The editorial stated that I-1631 which would have imposed a fee on carbon in this state failed because people feared increased costs of fuel. This bill would impose a $15 per ton fee on carbon but would return 100 percent of the collected fees to households, thus offsetting any increase in fuel costs. It does not expand government nor add bureaucracy.

With the release of the report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the U.S. National Climate Assessment, we learned that the catastrophic consequences of climate change are approaching much faster than earlier predicted.We must set aside partisan preoccupations and listen to what scientists are telling us and act in an effective, decisive rapid manner.

Please contact your Representative and ask them to support this bill in the next Congress. To learn more about HR7173 go to or search for HR 7173.

Suzanne Hunsley


Talk to us

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, Sept. 23

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Editorial: Franz’s efforts will assure healthier forestlands

Hiliary Franz, as public lands chief, has led notable gains in forest health and fire prevention.

Saunders: Trump’s indoor rally was bad idea; he had no choice

Trump sought outdoor rallies in Vegas, but Nevada’s governor blocked the safer alternative.

Comment: Trump has reversed gains seen after passage of ACA

For three years in a row, the number of uninsured has grown, reversing the initial success of Obamacare.

Comment: Why the covid-19 death toll of 200,000 may be low

A excess of nearly 250,000 deaths have been reported this year over last; what does that say for covid’s risks?

Recall of sheriff isn’t about defunding police

Regarding Sheriff Adam Fortney’s claim regarding a recall effort (“Fortney: Group pushing… Continue reading

10th LD, House, Pos. 2: Dave Paul has common sense we need

Bill Bruch, candidate for State House for the 10th Legislative District, Position… Continue reading

Election 2020: Time for a change in White House

Use your vote to send a candidate this presidential election year that… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, Sept. 22

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Most Read