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Letter: Contact legislators about carbon pollution bill

As we approach a new year, one normally makes New Year's resolutions. These resolutions generally involve self-improvement like losing weight, reading more books and so on.

Perhaps a resolution you might want to consider for 2019 is to improve the world for future generations by supporting a new, exciting legislative initiative.

Our world climate is under severe stress. The scientist agree that heat-trapping gases — those caused by the use of fossil fuels — are creating global warming. Increases in average temperatures are creating extreme weather conditions worldwide.

Climatologists have correlated very small increases in average temperatures to severe droughts, super storms, hurricanes and raising oceans.

We need to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases on a worldwide basis.

A major part of the solution is to support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 7173). This would place a steadily rising fee on carbon pollution and return all the revenue to households equally.

This bill is a market-based approach with bipartisan sponsors (currently, three Republicans and four Democrats) that will drive down carbon pollution while putting money in people's pockets. It is good for business and creates job.

It's easy to make this New Year's resolution come true. All you need to do is contact your representatives, senators Johnson and Baldwin and Congressman Duffy, and tell them to put aside partisan differences and for the good of our nation and the world, start addressing climate change by enacting the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act in the next session of Congress.

Michael Pesko

Rice Lake