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.