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To the Editor:

The Hal Holmes center provided a warm venue for the snow-filled afternoon Nov. 5, where Dr. Steve Ghan, John Sandvig and Jen Syrowitz presented the outline of a renewable future. Dr. Ghan is a climate scientist from Richland who talked about the science of climate change. John Sandvig, a retired aerospace engineer, represented the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and outlined the economics of their new plan. Jen Syrowitz, of Audubon Washington, gave a call to conversation in our communities.

The plan is called “Carbon Fee and Dividend” and this is how it works:

1. Place a steadily rising fee on fossil fuel.

2. Give 100 percent of the fees, minus administrative costs, back to households each month.

3. Use a border adjustment to stop business relocation.

Go to for the complete explanation of this plan.

A study from REMI (Regional Economics Models Inc), shows that this Carbon Fee and Dividend plan should reduce CO2 emissions 52 percent below 1990 levels in 20 years and that recycling the revenue creates an economic stimulus that should add 2.8 million jobs to the economy. That's 2.8 million additional jobs, over and above normal projected job growth.

This proposed plan would not increase the size of government, require new bureaucracies or directly increase government revenues. A structured rising price on greenhouse gas emissions, as described by Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the REMI report, would focus business planning on optimizing investment priorities to thrive in a carbon-constrained world.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby have worked to help create the Climate Solutions Caucus in our nation’s capital. This caucus, founded in February 2016, is a bipartisan group in the U.S. House of Representatives which is exploring policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. The bylaws of the caucus require equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats, the current tally of members is 60, with 30 from each party.

What’s the downside to this plan? They seem hard to find!

What did Dr. Ghan, Mr. Sandvig and Ms. Syrowitz want us to do to help forward this cause? Have a conversation! Talk to your neighbor, your coffee club, your relatives about the Carbon Fee and Dividend solution and send them to the Citizens' Climate Lobby website. Write a letter to your local paper, email your representatives and join a conservation group.

Meghan Anderson



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