Letter: Citizens should support house carbon fee bill

Editor,

It was the Sunday after the global climate strike inspired by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. I was in church; the sermon title was “Wake Up Call.” “That’s timely,” I thought, alerting us to care for this planet right after the largest climate action ever. I had assumed erroneously, however, because the sermon was not about our planet or climate. Mentioning my unfulfilled expectation to our pastor created an opportunity for some friendly discussion. Two Sundays later, on a day many churches celebrate creation, our pastor gave an impassioned sermon specifically mentioning actions to address global warming.

I can’t help but think that Greta, the Sunrise Movement and other youth leaders had an effect on the sermon. The same Sunday another local pastor also gave a moving sermon directly referencing Greta and local youth addressing climate change. The pastor added this was both the first time they had preached on and the first time the congregation had asked for this topic.

It’s hard to believe that just 15 months ago, Greta first sat on the steps of the Swedish parliament with her sign as parliamentarians trudged by without giving her a glance or word. This amazing and critically needed speed is in contrast to the methodical, incremental work of other climate organizations. The two types of actions, though, are not at odds, but rather providing a reinforcing vitality. Vitality to move long-worked-on legislation forward.

For 10 years, Citizens Climate Lobby has tirelessly worked to research and build bipartisan support for introduction of a carbon fee and dividend bill in Congress. This has been their singular focus. They chose this particular focus because their research showed a well-constructed carbon fee is the most impactful and least regulatory way to lower carbon dioxide emissions. Their design to return that fee directly to citizens using the least possible bureaucracy rather than feed it to government programs gives citizens the support they need in an economy transitioning to renewable energy.

After 10 years, there is now such a bill in the U.S. House, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR 763. We now need to add vitality. Congressman Rick Larsen needs to know we want his support on this bill. Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray need to know we want them to support companion legislation in the Senate.

We also have an excellent opportunity to grow our local vitality through a timely event at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. “Climate Change Conversations,” Friday, Nov. 15, is facilitating dialogue among all in our community — local government officials, youth leaders, climate experts and concerned citizens, with a focus on taking concrete steps to lower carbon dioxide emissions in our local governments and community. Please lend your vitality to this event. The time for action is now.

Donald J Millwe

Clinton

More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: Newspaper’s pie poll showed pastry bias

Editor, I could not help but notice in your poll, “What is… Continue reading

Letter: Consequences of gun violence far reaching

Editor, As I sit typing this letter, the news media are reporting… Continue reading

Letter: Carbon fee best option to curb climate change

Editor, A recent letter questioned carbon/divident fee legislation to reduce greenhouse gases,… Continue reading

Letter: Presentation slated to explain tax assessment

Editor, The Island County Assessor’s Office has been invited by the Whidbey… Continue reading

Letter: Monster Mash made more memorable by community

Editor, Whidbey Children’s Theatre (WCT), along with the South Whidbey High School… Continue reading

Letter: Citizens should support house carbon fee bill

Editor, It was the Sunday after the global climate strike inspired by… Continue reading

Letter: Langley ordinance changes encourage affordable housing without sewer

Regarding the Infrastructure Bond proposed for Langley, I am writing to inform… Continue reading

Letter: Congress should ban PFAS in firefighting foam

Editor, Recently I attended an informative meeting hosted by the local greening… Continue reading

Letter: Water infrastructure bond is well thought out

A recent letter to The Record from the head of the “con”… Continue reading

Letter: Water issues need to be addressed in East Langley

Editor, I have been reading the different pros and cons regarding Langley’s… Continue reading

Letter: Willeford is committed to equity in school district

Editor, We are engaged residents of South Whidbey and represent an array… Continue reading

Letter: School board needs a new voice

There’s been a lot of talk about experience in this School Board… Continue reading