December marked a unique moment in Congressional proposals for several important reasons. First, similar bipartisan bills were introduced in both the House and the Senate to combat climate change. (HR7173) Second, these bills utilized a monetary consequence to change behavior. Third, this action doesn’t require the EPA’s involvement.
As retired business person, skier, fly fisherman, and conservationist I want the best for a growing economy and a healthy environment for myself and more importantly for children and grandchildren. Research has shown that these two goals are not mutually exclusive and can and must coexist well together. Taxing pollution, which is the cornerstone of HR7173 proposed in Congress, and giving all the revenue back to the public is the best way to reduce Co2 emissions and slow the changing climate. Some people try to argue that Co2 is not a pollutant. Yes this is true, but when you burn fossil fuel, the Co2 comes with nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, methane and mercury. All four very nasty greenhouse gas pollutants. Research by the National Science Foundation shows their costs to our economy to be anywhere between $100 to $300 billion dollars PER YEAR in additional health care expenses.
If you open and read the above links to the ruling by the Supreme Court in 1984, Chevron vs the National Resource Defense Council, you will find the origins of how our Congress people have avoided taking the responsibility for their actions and consistently blamed a particular agency for many of the challenges our country has faced. Most of them are primarily interested in getting reelected and do their best to avoid making the tough decisions and excepting the consequences, good or bad. Until Congress begins to pass legislation like HR7173, each election will cause major swings in policy depending on the managers chosen by the Executive branch. Or as has happened often in the past 35 years,The Supreme court, an unelected body, will step in to take responsibility for many of these inactions. (For better or worse)
If you would like to see this Congressional plan go into effect ASAP, instead of complex and possibly ambiguous regulations. Please email or call your Congress people today asking for their support