Friday, December 5, 2014

Twyla Smith 8-31-2014 - Win-win solution on fees

Win-win solution on fees 
 In an article on Assemblymember Henry T. Perea's bill to delay implementation of "cap and trade," you quote state Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, as saying, "Gasoline is not a luxury for most Californians; it's a necessity."
This statement is absolutely true; but so is Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg's statement regarding the costs of curbing carbon pollution-- "the cost of doing nothing is even greater."
There is however, a solution to both problems -- a recent report by the respected nonpartisan REMI group (Regional Economic Modeling Inc.) shows that a carbon-based fee that is actually returned to households would ease the pain to everyday Americans, put the brakes on pollution and actually create 2 million jobs.
Good for the environment, good for taxpayers, good for the economy -- so why are our legislators delaying on bringing such a bill to the table?
Join the Citizen's Climate Lobby in contacting your congressperson and urging them to take a look at the REMI report and the positive results this type of revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend would have. Your children will thank you!  
Twyla Smith

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