To the Editor: Hurricane Dorian was unusually strong, wet, and slow; it was the second-strongest storm ever measured in the Atlantic Ocean. But in the near future, the destructive power of Dorian will become normal if we keep warming our climate by burning fossil fuels.
As long as the cost of pollution from fossil fuels is free, our market will favor them as they appear to be the cheapest energy option.
Fortunately, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019, which has 60 bipartisan cosponsors in Congress, will fix this energy-pricing problem. It will put a steadily increasing fee on the production of fossil fuels and return all the money collected back to American households equally each month as a dividend. This will shift our entire country’s energy market to prefer clean energy, reducing fossil fuel emissions by 40% in 12 years and 90% in 30 years.
The dividend will help the poor and create millions of net jobs in the first 10 years. The bill uses border carbon adjustments on trade with other countries that don’t have a similar carbon price to keep U.S. jobs in the country and strongly encourage worldwide carbon pricing.
Please help lessen the damage of future hurricanes by letting your congressional representatives know you support climate action such as the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019.