Climate progress

To the Editor:

Thank you for the Islander’s front page coverage of and editorial on A Climate to Thrive’s inspiring work toward making Mount Desert Island energy independent by 2030.

Working together toward a local climate change goal is a great way to make a difference on this critical issue while building community.

It is also critical that we work toward change at the national level. The purpose of our federal government is to solve national-scale shared effort – shared benefit’ problems like defense, highways and climate change.

Let’s hold them to it.

Having Congress put a fee on the carbon content of fossil fuels and returning the revenue to American households on a per-capita basis would not only reduce our CO2 emissions by 50 percent in 20 years, but would also add 2.8 million new jobs, grow the economy by $1.3 trillion and save 225,000 lives over that same period.

This idea is gaining momentum in Washington. We can all help make it happen.

I was just in Washington, D.C., with Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), a national grassroots nonprofit, lobbying for this legislation. Both Republicans and Democrats are coming to the table to discuss it. But they need to know that their constituents have their backs.

If readers would like to know more about how to engage climate change on both a local and a national level, they are invited to attend a talk at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m. Representatives from both A Climate to Thrive and Citizens’ Climate Lobby will be there to answer questions and to help them get involved.

Ted Obbard

Southwest Harbor

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