Letter: Yes to carbon tax
I am so grateful that I live in a community that is willing to take action on climate change. Carbondale residents must vote “yes” for the Climate Action Tax. The funds collected will be used to invest in our local resources, to invest in ourselves, to reduce utility bills for our homes and businesses and use more renewable energy, from exciting projects like a community solar farm or solar systems on more Carbondale homes and businesses.
Over 20 years ago, when I started my energy career in Colorado at SEI and then with CORE, there was not one grid-tied solar system, nor a wind farm in the state. We did not have Energy Star (that is, energy-efficient) appliances, homes or lights. And other green products were not available. Businesses offering these options were nonexistent or in the early stages of commercialization. Today, here in the Roaring Fork Valley, we have come a long way in making a clean energy economy a reality, with knowledgeable professionals and local businesses.
Scientists advise that to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, including sea-level rise, droughts, population disruption and species extinction, we must limit the warming of the planet to 2 degrees Celsius. Unfortunately, we are currently not on track to do so. In order to succeed, every country, every community and every individual must join in. We must tackle this issue locally, as well as nationally and globally.
Economists advise us that a national carbon tax is the best way to reduce greenhouse gases, but this is not happening. So it is important that Carbondale is voting now to show grassroots support.
The Climate Action Tax provides Carbondale with a stable funding source to fund our clean energy community, further grow our economy, grow green jobs and become a model for other communities in Colorado — and across the country.
As a Carbondale resident, I support the Climate Action Tax. When our children ask us did we reduce our impacts (or when I see Randy Udall in heaven), we can answer “Yes” we did.
We must do what we can. Vote yes.
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