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Fossil-fuel corporations should pay a carbon pollution fee

Do the same thing with imports from carbon polluters like China, until they lower their emissions.

Re: “Why the EPA’s Clean Power Plan makes even green Minnesota a little nervous” (MinnPost, March 11).

The real trouble with the EPA regulations is that they don’t do enough, plus they punish consumers, making them pay for the pollution the fossil fuel industry’s products cause. The EPA will only cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants by 30 percent, and they produce only 40 percent of U.S. emissions. And the EPA can do nothing about reducing emissions in China.

There’s a better way:

Make fossil-fuel corporations pay a carbon pollution fee that would be entirely rebated to every American every month, and, as we increase the fee annually, people, naturally, will use their rebate to switch to cheaper clean energy. Do the same thing with imports from carbon polluters like China, until they lower their emissions. Give that import fee to us and we’ll be able to afford U.S. products.

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Eight Nobel economists agree, and an independent REMI economic report says this plan will create millions of U.S. jobs and increase GDP by tens of billions annually while cutting our emissions in half is less than 20 years, not to mention the emissions cuts it will create overseas. (REMI)

The national volunteer Citizens Climate Lobby is working to get a law passed in Congress that will do just that. The bill they are proposing is politically viable because it’s bipartisan. It uses conservative economics — market forces rather than government regulations, expansion or expense — and it’s revenue-neutral. In fact, middle-class and lower-income Americans will make a profit while transitioning to clean energy with this plan.

Watch YouTube’s “Climate Fixed in Two Minutes for Free,” “Climate Solutions Citizens Climate Lobby” and “Decarbonization Takes the Fast Lane.” Then go to the Citizens Climate Lobby website for more information.

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