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Carbon Act Will Be Good for Economy and Planet

March 2, 2019

Winter is upon us and the month of February is usually very rough on the state of New Hampshire. The average snowfall for the state for the first six weeks of the year is 16.5 inches but we have only seen roughly 7 inches. That’s 11 inches below average for our state.

The decline in our average snowfall is caused by climate change. As the overall average temperature rises it causes the precipitation in the air to turn to rainfall and not snow. Instead of getting snow we will be getting more Rain.

So far we have seen almost 5 inches of rainfall this season which is above our average 2.64 inches of rainfall. The rising temperatures are linked to the overproduction of man-made carbon all around the world.

A recent report from the University of New Hampshire explored the future of the changing climate in New Hampshire and found that in one century the state will see no snow at all.

If you don’t want to see this happen to our wonderful state, you can help by supporting legislation like the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. This legislates a predictably-rising fee on carbon emissions at the source and returns the collected funds equally among households in monthly dividends. This plan will help the environment and allow snowfall to continue in our state while also strengthening the economy and promoting job growth. This bill is good for people, good for the economy, and good for the planet.

MEGAN PARDOE

Nashua