I was very encouraged to read that the city and Frederick County are now LEED certified and planning for more low-cost, solar-generated electricity. It’s great to be in a community that is working hard to preserve a livable climate and protect the people and places we love.

It’s also important for the whole nation to improve it’s energy efficiencies and solve its energy problems before they become too big. We need a plan that reduces both greenhouse gases and energy waste without harming the economy.

The nonpartisan Citizens’ Climate Lobby promotes such a plan. This revenue-neutral plan has been introduced in the House of Representatives as the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 763). It enjoys bipartisan support and has 59 co-sponsors, including Maryland’s David Trone, Jamie Raskin and Dutch Ruppersberger. The policy would put a fee on fossil fuels, and the funds collected would be allocated in equal shares to the American people to spend as they see fit. This bill would drive down carbon pollution and bring climate change under control. It’s effective, good for people, good for the economy, and it’s good for the environment. And like the solar panels at the county landfill, this plan will help protect a livable climate for generations to come.

If you agree that climate change is a risk we cannot safely ignore, contact your representative. Ask them to support HR 763.

Darrel Hart

Frederick

(12) comments

DickD

Non partisan? With most Republicans denying climate change and the POTUS walking out of a climate change meeting? I don't think so. If you want something to be done, vote Democrat.

threecents

Rather than the federal government imposing this fee, how about the states imposing it, and they might call it "gas tax."

DickD

Good point, three. Go EV with your vehicle and save money.

FCPS-Principal

How does an EV save money? All electricity save a little nuclear is carbon based.

threecents

English?

MD1756

Put enough solar on your roof and/or in your yard and you can have the excess energy charging your vehicle. Additionally as bad as fossil fuel power plants are, they at least have better emission controls than individual vehicles (e.g., see https://www.industryweek.com/environment/cars-pass-power-plants-top-source-us-carbon-emissions or https://www.forbes.com/sites/energyinnovation/2018/03/14/charging-an-electric-vehicle-is-far-cleaner-than-driving-on-gasoline-everywhere-in-america/#38b4f00171f8 for carbon emission discussions) For some of the other emissions see:https://www.lightsonsolar.com/emissions-and-efficiency-in-electric-cars-versus-gasoline-cars/) I haven't found any articles that discuss the reduction of NOx for example, so that would just add more to the EV benefit side. Finally not all power generation is fossil fuel or nuclear. There are hydroelectric, solar, wind and geothermal (different than home geothermal) sources that produce electricity for the grid.

DickD

Not if it is hydro, wind mill or solar. .You might find some carbon caused by manufacturing, but that's miniscule.

threecents

[thumbup] Electric vehicles. Phase out gas. I keep seeing EVs. Time for the governor to support charging stations.

DickD

Amen to that, three.

FCPS-Principal

It's always good to increase efficiency. That's why Republicans are bringing back 5% efficient yellowish incandescent light bulbs. Put a fee on carbon, give it to the people and let them spend it on incandescent light bulbs which burn more...........carbon! It's Republican economics at its best. Better than the trickle down garbage or the 'tyranny of the majority' garbage.

DickD

Be sarcastic if you like. FP,but good insulation can save a lot of money and energy.

StrengthofLiberty

Take a look at the Carrington Event of 1859. 1859. Today, our 'Living Climate" is influenced as the result of consumption economics and associated social activity. Population growth is vital to that mode of economics. For those who are living and working within our means to live as less-impacting, and more nature nurture as possible: We do not see the climate as livable. The climate is alive. Livable implies its not quite right, or down right unlivable. Like virtually every public debate in the US today - our accomplishments are being overlooked. Drown out with by vagueries pounded by media consumption. If you are reading this - clearly the climate is livable. You are living, as the climate is living. Our Eden, this earth is living, and alive right now. We are, and can transition to an increasingly circular economy where very very little of single use. We can prove mass flourishing. By all means care for our Eden, our Earth. No politician or lobby need provide you this power.

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