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Letter: The Utah clean air compact was a start. Now let’s pass the Carbon Dividend Act

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FILE - In this March 8, 2018, file photo wetlands are seen beyond the Shell Norco refinery in Norco, La.

Gerald Herbert, Associated Press

Can we cool the planet and clean our air? This October, over 100 community leaders — including two congressmen, Reps. John Curtis and Ben McAdams — said “yes” and endorsed the Utah Climate and Clean Air Compact (“Utahns sign compact committing to pollution, climate change mitigation,” Oct. 7). The compact calls for urgent actions to fulfill our responsibilities as stewards of the environment, our common home.

The compact urges adoption of the seven mileposts in the “The Utah Roadmap: Positive solutions on climate and air quality,” prepared by the Kem C. Gardner Institute at the request of the Utah Legislature. Milepost 7 directs us to “participate in national dialogue about market-based approaches to reduce carbon emissions.”

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 763, offers such a market-driven solution to lower polluting CO2 emissions, has bipartisan support, and will be revenue-neutral. It would place a fee on fossil fuel extraction and distribute those fees to American families as monthly dividends to spend as they see fit. This would lead to innovation, lower-cost clean energy technologies, and 2.1 million more jobs.

Let’s thank Reps. Curtis and McAdams for supporting the compact and encourage all members of Congress to work toward effective national solutions for a cooler planet and cleaner air.

Norma Wills

Salt Lake City