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People's Climate March

LINCOLN, NEB - 04/29/2017 The frontline of the People's Climate March leads the way to the Capitol on Saturday, April 29, 2017, near Centennial Mall. AMBER BAESLER, Journal Star

Applause to the Journal Star for its Sunday editorial (“Without action, Nebraska will be harmed by climate change,” Dec. 2).

The editorial explains why we in the middle of the country are affected by climate change and concludes “an ever-mounting body of evidence ... indicates a warming environment will be felt acutely in the Midwest if left unchecked.”

Fortunately, it is not too late to reverse this trend, but Congress must act decisively. The sooner we act on climate, the more we will avoid catastrophic consequences of inaction.

On Nov. 27, a bipartisan group of representatives introduced the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act in the House (H.R. 7173). This act applies a price on carbon emissions and returns the revenue to people. This approach is a climate change solution advocated by both economists and climate scientists.

The proposed legislation will be effective (projected to reduce emissions by 40 percent within 12 years). It will strengthen the economy by creating 2.1 million jobs over 10 years (Regional Economic Models, Inc. study, 2014). It’s good for people, improving health and saving lives. It has bipartisan support, as any long-term solution must.

Solving climate change is too urgent to get caught up in partisan politics. It is revenue neutral; the government does not keep the fees collected; they are returned to American people to spend any way they wish.

Marj Willeke, Lincoln

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