New Year’s Wish

I have a special wish for 2020, for my first grandchild due in January, and for all children.  Of the many problems the world faces, climate change concerns me the most, and my wish is that our nation finally takes meaningful action.

I wish for the passage of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which would place a steadily rising fee on carbon pollution and return all revenue to households equally. This bill is a market-based approach with bipartisan support, will be effective at reducing carbon pollution while putting money in people’s pockets, and will be good for business and will create jobs.

I wish that in 2020 Peter DeFazio, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley will support this important legislation.

Many people say that in this polarized political climate it is futile to think Congress will do anything.  When I start thinking this way I remind myself I have no control over what other people do, but I do have control over what I do.

It’s time to set aside partisan differences and, for the good of our nation and the world, start addressing the threat of climate change by enacting the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

Carol Yarbrough