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TONY HAYS, San Clemente

The effects of climate change are becoming more apparent, and it is vital that all signatories to the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit greenhouse gases keep to their promises.

The best way to do this is through Carbon Fee and Dividend. This imposes a fee whenever fossil fuels enter the economy, and incentivizes businesses and people to switch to clean energy. 

This fee is paid back to U.S. citizens in an equitable manner to spend as they wish. Federal legislation, which would enact this, is in the form of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 2307).

Carbon Fee and Dividend is supported by the state of California, and by 37 cities in California. A resolution of support was on the agenda of the San Clemente City Council for Aug. 17, but it is by no means a sure thing that the resolution will pass. 

Write to city councilmembers to show your support if you didn’t attend the council meeting. 

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