Letter: Opportunities of climate change
New York Republican Chris Gibson is a member of House of Representatives who is bringing forward a resolution soon recognizing the reality of climate change. To quote Gibson, “I hope that my party, that we will come to be comfortable with this because we have to operate in the realm of knowledge and science, and I still think we can bring forward conservative solutions to this, absolutely, but we have to recognize the reality.” He speaks of 500-year floods in his district, reminding us of our own state’s fires, floods and droughts.
I believe Mr. Gibson’s intent, more broadly than acknowledging climate change, is a call to anticipate opportunities that will arise economically. Prominent Republicans like Reagan Secretary of State George Schultz are increasingly seeing the certainty of climate change and the economic changes to our fossil fuel system that must come.
I hope our Rep. Scott Tipton and Mr. Gibson will consider the Citizen’s Climate Lobby’s fee and dividend as one path to these needed solutions. They are now familiar with CCL idea of placing a fee on all carbon when it is extracted from the ground, the fee then returned to all citizens, equally. Imports would not escape the fee; also beginning the removal of subsidies to the most profitable industries in history.
I have written Rep. Tipton and look forward to his ideas and opinions about the evermore broadly acknowledged reality of climate change and the conservative market-based solutions presented by Citizen’s Climate Lobby.
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