Federal bill to address carbon reduction Aug 10, 2020 13:05:55 GMT -5
Post by Kent Wittenburg on Aug 10, 2020 13:05:55 GMT -5
As part of my membership in the Climate Reality Project, I get daily feeds of forums. I saw the post below and was intrigued.
...as a lawyer I'm always thinking: how do we go about this legislatively? Admittedly, it will require "thousands" of regulatory fixes, none or few of which have come into existence as proposed legislation, let alone bills introduced in Congress. It has taken Citizens' Climate Lobby a decade to promote carbon fee-and-dividend legislation through lobbying efforts, culminating in 7 or 8 bills introduced in Congress in 2019-20; the bill with the most co-sponsors (over 80), HR 763, is projected by the vast majority of economists to be able alone to reduce emissions by 40% or so by 2030, and 80-90% by 2050. This is actual, real legislation which could be passed immediately and would begin drawing down emissions on a time frame to almost halve emissions by 2030. Why on Earth would we reject such a dependable method of drawing down emissions, which would not preclude ALSO pursuing most of the "thousands" of other measures to aid in that effort which will take years to find sponsors, enact into legislation, staff the necessary regulatory agencies, and fight the administrative battles necessary to defend their implementing regulations? Let's get real about this. Short of invoking emergency powers, akin to invoking the War Powers Act, or declaring national martial law, which will involve suspension of civil liberties, I don't see how we accomplish net zero emissions by 2040-50 with "thousands" of separate bills while at the same time turning our backs on market-based solutions such as HR 763. Carbon fee should be the FIRST step we take, not the last.
I asked how to support HR 763 and got the response to join the Citizens Climate Lobby. There is an active Boston chapter, and I am looking into it. This is said to be a bipartisan effort though, when I looked, there is exactly one Republican co-sponsor and >>many<< Democratic co-sponsors pf HR 763.