A candidate for U.S. Representative, Congressional District 7 in the 2010 Washington General Election
On this race:
Elected Experience: No information submitted
Other Professional Experience: Developed and implemented software for system safety analysis at Boeing and Battel Northwest. Also for Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit system for University of West Virginia.
Education: University of Washington Master's Degree in Physics
Community Service: Member of Citizens' Climate Lobby a grassroots organization urging congress to enact a carbon fee with revenue distributed equally to all; Serve as Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for dependent children; Member of Sierra Club, Cascade Bicycle Club and ACLU; Support efforts of Sky1, Climate Solutions, and Fuse
Statement: I am running for office because Congress needs to act now to stop global warming. It is time for serious measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If we wait too long our children and grandchildren may be unable to prevent runaway climate change.
Several bills are pending. The best, "fee and dividend", are being ignored. Under these bills producers of fossil fuels would pay a fee on carbon content. Revenue would be distributed equally to all citizens. The plan I favor would distribute about $300 per person the first year, rising to $1500 in the tenth year. Dividends from the "cap and dividend" bill proposed by Senators Cantwell and Collins would be similar. Dividends make these taxes progressive. Otherwise they would be regressive.
"Cap and trade" bills supported by party leaders in both houses initially provide free permits to greenhouse gas emitters. They contain loopholes to placate the pollution lobby. Profits benefit wealthy global investors. This is an extremely regressive tax.
It is time to inform voters about the options then ask which they prefer. Voters, not lobbyists, should be the ultimate source of political will. I am campaigning door-to-door encouraging voters to demand action to stop global warming. Having visited 60,000 homes talking to several thousand people I am confident that most people want action and recognize that an equally distributed dividend would benefit themselves and most others.
If elected officials would inform voters of the choices and ask their preference, "fee and dividend" would easily win over "cap and trade". We need to convince officials that constituents' votes are more important than lobbyists' dollars.
We can stop global warming. Vote for action.