We're proud to be among the initial supporters of @DNCClimate Council's bold, ambitious Recommendations for the 2020 Democratic Party Platform.
MinnPost 9/25/2019, Gabe Schneider
The Bad News about Climate Change
It is real. We are causing it.
Our climate has changed and we are to blame. There is no other credible scientific explanation for the warming or the extreme weather events that we see today. It is simply not possible to add carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere at the rates we are doing without changing our climate.
Minnesota’s annual average temperature is rising at a rate of .5 degrees F/decade with winter average temperatures rising twice as fast as annual temperatures and overnight lows rising faster than daytime highs. High dew points also occurred more frequently in the recent decades and precipitation patterns have become much more extreme. For example, we’ve seen more storms with 3 or more inches of rain between 2001 and 2010 compared to 1961 to 1990 (71% more, to be exact).
We must act now to avoid the worst impacts
The Good News About Climate Change? - We know the solution.
Make the polluters pay and protect consumers!
We support legislation that puts a steadily rising, revenue neutral fee on carbon and returns the revenue generated to households in monthly or quarterly dividends.
Fossil fuels are relatively “cheap” because we don’t count the real cost of carbon. Pricing carbon will level the playing field and send a clear market signal that it is time to invest in renewable energy sources. Studies show carbon fee and dividend is the most effective way to quickly reduce carbon emissions with 50% reduction in CO2 levels below 1990 levels in just 20 years. 5
Protect middle and low-income families
Returning the fees collected in a monthly or quarterly dividend will protect middle and low-income households from the increased cost of necessities as we make the change to a clean energy economy. While there clearly will be industries that are winners and losers, the net effect is predicted to be positive with 2.8 million new jobs created and 230,000 lives saved as a result of better air quality in just 20 years of carbon fee and dividend.