A few weeks ago I called Congressman Patrick McHenry to express my support for a carbon fee and dividend program. I support such legislation despite the fact it is not radical enough to sufficiently address climate change. It is certainly better than nothing.
Mr. McHenry responded to my phone call with an email that mentions H.R. 3420 (The American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act) introduced by Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., last summer.
Mr. McHenry stated in the email that he does not support such legislation because he believes “a carbon fee would harm the best interests of the United States as well as American families and businesses.” Apparently, Mr. McHenry believes that one of the most conservative means of addressing climate change is against the interests of American families.
Mr. McHenry also stated the following in his email: “With a stagnant national economy, the absolute last thing American families need is to be burdened with skyrocketing utility bills.”
A stagnant national economy?
News outlets and Republicans are consistently trumpeting about how booming our economy is. So, Mr. McHenry, is our economy actually booming like your Republican comrades say it is, or is it not?
We need politicians in office that are willing to propose radical and even not-so-radical solutions to climate change, which is an existential threat to human civilization. We also need politicians in office that are authentic, can keep their story straight and speak the truth.
It is time to unseat Mr. McHenry.
— Clay Hurand