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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The need for action on climate change is here

The article “EPA announces plan to ease carbon emissions rule for new coal plants” published in the Pioneer on Dec. 6 frames the argument about environmental regulations in very familiar ways. Action on climate solutions are desired by most Americans, Minnesotans and Beltrami residents. Over 55 percent of us recognize that climate change is real and is mostly the result of human activity.

There are many differing perspectives on the use of regulations as solutions, but there seems to be agreement that market-based solutions work. Market-based solutions can become the unifying bridge on climate action.

The need for action is clear. The 2018 National Climate Assessment was released by the White House on Nov. 23. The assessment calls for drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the next two decades.

A unifying action on climate was recently introduced in the House of Representatives. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is co-sponsored by Republicans Francis Rooney, Brian Fitzpatrick and Dave Trott, and Democrats Ted Deutch, John Delaney and Charlie Crist.

The act proposes a fee on carbon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030. The money collected from this fee would be returned to American households in equal shares.

Ask your member of Congress to act to make climate a unifying issue in 2019.