I’d like to set the record straight on a few facts concerning the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and the carbon fee and dividend. The letter from Michael Ivey in the July 8 Xpress, [“Climate-change Believers Betray Their Naiveté“], labels climate activists as “naive,” “brainwashed” and “misinformed.” Actually, 97 percent of climate scientists are in consensus about the fact that human-generated CO2, methane and nitrous oxides are causing runaway climate change. Are these scientists naive?
Anne Craig’s previous letter, [“Local Group Lobbies for Climate Change Action,” June 24 Xpress], clearly stated that the proposed carbon fee and dividend would return all of the fee ($15 per ton of CO2) collected in the form of a dividend to every household. Less than 1 percent of it will be spent in administrative costs. Of course, the fee will result in higher prices for gasoline, heating oil, natural gas and coal-fired electricity for the consumer. However, the dividend would offset this burden for two-thirds of the public — all but the most profligate users of fossil fuel. (Private jet owners, take heed!) The fee is revenue-neutral.
An apple from Chile will cost more than one grown locally. So which one will you buy? As the cost of heating your home goes up, you might spend your dividend on improving your insulation. Everyone but the big fossil fuel companies wins. The economy will be stimulated, while health and environmental costs are avoided. In 10 years, over 2 million jobs will be created, while up to 17,000 lives will be spared per year due to the drop in pollution and prevention of extreme weather.
— Cathy Holt