Global flooding, from Texas to South Asia, is illustrating the mounting costs incurred with carbon dioxide emissions. The Sun’s editorial of August 31st was quite correct in suggesting that the time is now to improve planning for, and adaption to these changing circumstances. And as the editorial implied, it is also time to stop fueling the boiler. CO2 emissions must be limited if we are to have any chance of reducing the negative consequences of using fossil fuels.
The Flagstaff City Council will shortly consider an endorsement request for the enactment of a carbon fee by Congress. A specific proposal of Citizens Climate Lobby calls for a gradually rising price on carbon, starting at $15 a ton, with 100 percent of proceeds being held in a trust. The funds would be returned to American households through a monthly dividend. Because the carbon fees would be returned to citizens, the government would not grow larger. The dividend would also stimulate the economy, allowing residents to make their own choices.
The proposed legislation would further create incentives for renewables— clean energy sources which won’t make extreme weather events even worse. Innovation leading to new technologies, including advanced battery storage, could be a likely bonus
.The federal government works best when it hears from its constituents. Positive encouragement from our city to Congress would be a helpful step forward toward a new and safer energy future.