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The South Orange County chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby today applauded Representative Mike Levin for cosponsoring the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. This groundbreaking, bipartisan climate solution to price carbon will give revenue to households and bring greenhouse gas emission down 90 percent by 2050.
Led by Florida Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch and Florida Republican Rep. Francis Rooney, and cosponsored by more than 20 other members of Congress, the bill will create more than two million new jobs, lower health care costs and promote energy innovation.
This policy puts a fee on fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas. It starts low, at $15 per ton, and grows $10 per ton each year. The money collected from the carbon fee is allocated in equal shares every month to the American people to spend as they see fit. Learn more about how this climate change legislation works.
This bill provides a common-sense approach to solving climate change that’s a win-win. It benefits us in south Orange County by cleaning up our air and giving us monthly dividend checks. We are so grateful to Representative Levin for stepping up to support this bipartisan climate bill.
The impact of climate change is already being felt in South Orange County. We are concerned about the increased chance of wildfires affecting our area and additional beach erosion due to stronger wave activity. The warming of the oceans and increased acidification of the water may also impact our local economy by hurting the tourist and fisheries industry.
With Congress divided between a Republican-controlled Senate and a Democrat-controlled House, enacting any climate change solution requires a bipartisan approach.
The bipartisan Energy Innovation Act is a critical first step to contain the effects of climate change and preserve a livable world for our children and grandchildren.