Monday, February 13, 2017

Let's step it up, WNC!

A robust, scientific survey completed by Yale and George Mason Universities after the November election reported that 78% of registered U.S. voters support taxing global warming pollution, regulating it, or using both approaches. U.S. Congressional districts 10 and 11 in Western North Carolina are home to over 1.4 million Americans, with over a half a million of these people being adults. If we are even close to the national average for the American electorate, well over 400,000 of us want Congress to act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help stave off the worst effects of climate change. The problem, we are told, is that our representatives generally do not hear much from constituents that climate change is an issue for us. It is. (Think extreme drought, rampant wildfires, and near-8o degree days in February.) It is time for us to call Representatives Meadows and McHenry and Senators Tillis and Burr and tell them how we feel about this crucial issue. Supporting a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend would be a great, positive step in that direction.

Details of Carbon Fee and Dividend Proposals:

Citizens' Climate Lobby

Climate Leadership Council (recent development from a group of conservatives, including James A. Baker III and George P.  Schultz)

Phone Numbers:

Senator Tillis: (202) 224-6342 and (919) 856-4630 ... Senator Burr: (202) 224-3154 and (336) 631-5125 ... Representative Meadows: (202) 225-6401 and (828) 693-5660 ... Representative McHenry: (202) 225-2576 and (828) 327-6100

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