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Letter: Forget party lines to cooperate and find climate change solutions together
CLIMATE

Our nation has spoken. We now have a Democratic-controlled House and a Republican-controlled Senate. 

Our government also now has a choice. It can continue with gridlock, partisan divide, and anger and accusations, or it can decide it is time to put partisan politics aside and work together for the common good. 

This will require people actually talking to each other, and, more importantly, listening to each other. I am old enough to remember when this was actually done in Washington!

We are not red America or blue America. We are the United States of America. We all share many values. Most of us care about honesty, the value of hard work, caring for the vulnerable, loyalty, fairness, family, faith, freedom, integrity, and leaving a healthier, more prosperous America to future generations. 

Using those shared values, surely we can come together to act for the common good of our beloved country.

We have many very important issues that need to be dealt with, and I hope and pray that bipartisanship will pave the way for real solutions. 

One very important problem that already has some bipartisan support is climate change. A solution that finds support across the political spectrum is Carbon Fee and Dividend, whereby a steadily rising fee is placed on the heat-trapping emissions released by the burning of fossil fuels to account for their external damage. 

All revenue is returned to American households in a monthly dividend check. Economic studies show that about 2/3 of Americans come out ahead economically; it would add 2.8 million new American jobs and add $1.375 trillion to the economy over 20 years, and it would decrease greenhouse gases by 52 percent over that 20 year period. There is no other single plan that is that effective, and most economists agree that it is the best way to combat climate change.

This plan has much that can appeal to both Democrats and Republicans. Democrats can certainly support it as the most effective plan to combat climate change. From a conservative standpoint, there is much to like about this policy also, since it is a free market plan and actually grows the economy.

The imperative to act now couldn’t be clearer. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently warned that we have little more than a decade to take the “unprecedented” actions needed to avoid the worst outcomes of climate change.

This is a problem that can be solved, if our Congress decides to put aside partisan politics and to work together to seek a solution for the common good. 

This is just one proposed solution, but, if both parties work together and compromise, surely they can find a solution that all can live with and that will make America more prosperous. 

Perhaps this could then be a model for solving many of America’s other pressing problems. It is time for a new beginning of working together for the common good.

Vernon Dixon

Hiawassee

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