Approving of Dewey climate committee

December 24, 2021

It was really encouraging to read your story about Dewey commissioners voting unanimously to form a climate change and sea-level rise committee.

As the lowest lying state in the country, Delaware is particularly vulnerable to the sea-level rise associated with climate change. In addition to the much-needed local efforts that will be recommended and provided, there is an action that all Delawareans can take to reduce the impact of climate change on our local communities, ask Congress and Sens. Carper and Coons to support a price on carbon.  There is a chance that a price on carbon will be included in the Built Back Better bill being discussed in the Senate, your support would greatly improve that possibility. Putting a price on carbon will quickly reduce carbon pollution, limiting the associated temperature and sea-level rise as well as reducing health impacts caused by burning fossil fuels. It will make producers pay for pollution, and encourage them to find cleaner solutions appropriate for their industry, plus using revenue generated to provide a dividend to all Americans will mean that most people are compensated for any rise in prices.   

Phil Smith
Citizens Climate Lobby
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