The excellent Jan. 11 editorial, "If all politics is local then so is all pollution," highlighted how the pollution of carbon emissions into the atmosphere grew surprisingly fast last year. It also outlined several meaningful actions to address the problem that can be taken locally in New York state.
There is also exciting news at the national level. In November, Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), Rep. Dave Trout (R-MI) and Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) introduced in Congress the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. This landmark bill will put a price on carbon emissions and return all net revenue equally to households as a monthly dividend to spend however they wish – though smart shoppers will begin looking for energy-efficient products. It will reduce America's emissions by at least 40 percent in 12 years, improving health and saving lives by reducing the pollution that Americans breathe. The bill also imposes a border adjustment on imports from nations that do not have an equivalent price on carbon.
This protects American businesses by keeping them competitive while encouraging similar carbon prices around the globe. It's a market-based solution that will reduce carbon pollution more than any prior legislation – while boosting consumer spending and stimulating the economy.