Citizens’ Climate Lobby Meeting Scheduled

Cardon dividends offer best hope to reduce carbon emissions as needed by 2050 says group

MORGANTON, N.C. — Steffi Rausch with the Citizen’s Climate Lobby will be speaking here Friday, Nov. 1 to meet with citizens interested in starting a chapter of the organization in the Morganton-Lenoir (and perhaps beyond) area.

The first meeting will include information on the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. The meeting will be held in the Community Room of the Food Matters Market at 210 Avery Avenue at 6 p.m.

According to information provided by Rausch, she’ll be talking about a carbon fee and dividend as a bipartisan solution to price carbon out of the markets. This proposal is a “market-based, revenue-neutral, bipartisan federal solution that is an alternative to regulations with low admin costs that pays for itself while downsizing government,” according to literature provided by Rausch. It asserts that the proposal will “Price carbon out of the markets and return the revenue back to citizens equally as a monthly dividend check … .”

Raush argues that consumers, producers, banks, innovators and legislators should all be attracted to the proposal. Notably, the group argues that the proposal “ … also has the strongest most comprehensive emission reduction goals to date, reducing emissions to 90 percent of 2015 levels by 2050 across all sectors — almost meeting the IPCC goal … .”

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© Michael M. Barrick, 2019. Photos by Markus Spiske on Unsplash