Support carbon tax bill

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To the Editor;
As I listened with anticipation to President Donald Trump outline his administration’s vision for leading our country forward in his State of the Union address, I was disappointed he didn’t talk about one of the most important issues of our time: the threat to our country, our world and our entire global economy of climate change, especially given the bipartisan bill just introduced in the House of Representatives.

HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, would put a fee on carbon at the site of production and redistribute the money to all citizens in the form of a monthly dividend. This bill is the best first step to reducing America’s carbon pollution and to bringing climate change under control by using market mechanisms that have been shown to effectively reduce carbon use and increase development of alternative energy sources while supporting families.

In the interest of pursuing achievable, bipartisan progress, I urge Reps. Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree to support this bill, and our Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King to sponsor similar legislation in the Senate. Together we can protect our nation and our global community.

Lesley Fernow

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