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Climate leadership in Congress

Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers has a chance to show real leadership in Congress by developing her position on global warming and joining the 62-member, bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus in promoting Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation.

Carbon Fee and Dividend is legislation that uses our free market system to economically reward consumers who buy energy and products which use less fossil fuel. CFD places a steadily rising fee on fossil fuel at the point of production or entry into the U.S. 100 percent of collected fees minus administrative costs would be given back to U.S. households in a monthly dividend. To equalize impacts on domestic businesses, a border adjustment fee would be charged for goods entering the U.S. from countries without a corresponding carbon fee. The specifics of CFD legislation can be found on the web site www.citizensclimatelobby.org.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, on October 19, 2017, published their legislative focus on climate change and CFD satisfies the Chamber’s focus points. With the support of this business organization, Rep. McMorris Rodgers can lead by moving Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation through committee and onto the House floor.

Bruce Bailey

Colville


 

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