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12/6/2018 3:32:00 PM
Congress will consider measure to reduce carbon emissions
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House Resolution 7173, also known as the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018, was introduced on Nov. 27 by Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla. The bill has been referred to the Ways and Means and the Energy and Commerce committees.

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Carol Kugler, Herald-Times

Local citizens working the past decade to educate Congress members about how to combat climate change while providing economic benefits are thrilled about a new bill in Congress.

While the bill isn’t exactly what Citizens' Climate Lobby members proposed, they are encouraged about bipartisan support that could help the United States take steps toward lowering greenhouse gases affecting the world’s climate.

On Nov. 27, six members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018. If the bill is passed, it would lower greenhouse gas emissions across the nation while providing revenue to Americans. 

House Resolution 7173 has six co-sponsors — three Republicans and three Democrats who are members of the House Climate Solutions Caucus. The bill would decrease the nation’s carbon pollution within the next decade to levels that could meet the criteria set by the Paris Agreement in 2016. A website about the bill states the “policy will reduce America’s emissions by at least 40 percent within 12 years.”

Locally, members of the Citizens' Climate Lobby say the bill would tax oil, gas and coal based on the greenhouse gas emissions they produce. The fees collected would be distributed back to citizens. Some Citizens' Climate Lobby members were talking to people in Congress and their staff on Nov. 13 about how such a bill would help keep climate change in check while helping Americans economically.

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