Climate bill

January 3, 2019

Editor, Daily Times:

The holidays are over and now, oh my goodness, the debris field it leaves behind. Wrapping paper, boxes, ribbons, packaging. (And it’s all sticky from sugar cookies and fudge!)

I’m trying to be a good citizen and conserve our resources for the good of the planet, but it is not easy. My small choices feel insignificant and sometimes I feel like giving up.

Then something amazing happens -- like the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act that was introduced before Thanksgiving in the House. Yes, bipartisan! And then, oh my gosh, it was also introduced in the Senate as well. And the sponsors have already committed to reintroducing it in the new session in January.

Cynics have been saying for many years that this could not be done, that Democrats and Republicans would never get together for a climate bill. This bill is built on a broad coalition of support from community leaders, businesses, local legislators and the 100,000-plus Citizens’ Climate Lobby supporters from across the country. Because of this grassroots support , the bill has gained traction in both the House and Senate. House co-sponsors Ted Deutch, D-Florida, and Francis Rooney, R-Florida, and Senate co-sponsors Chris Coons, D-Maryland, and Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, are proof that there are good people in our Congress who recognize the climate issue is too important to let politics get in the way of action. I applaud them.

This may be the strongest and most comprehensive climate bill ever submitted. It is effective, it will save lives, it is good for the economy, it is bipartisan and it does not grow the government. It will reduce America’s emissions by at least 40% within 12 years, which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report says we must do to save our own future.

With 7 billion people on this planet, I know that we each need to take personal responsibility for our choices, so I’ll keep doing my part. I’m also going to call Sens. Baldwin and Johnson, and Rep. Sensenbrenner and tell them to do their part, too: Pass this bill.

Alyson Schmeisser

Lake Mills

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