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Thankful for Whitefish's support of carbon act

| June 2, 2021 1:00 AM

Recently Whitefish approved a resolution urging the U.S. Government to pass The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 2307). Whitefish has now joined over 140 local governments who have passed resolutions supporting this bill. I am thankful and proud of our city.

Armed with this resolution, Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers across the country will bring our city’s collective voice to the Congressional offices of Washington, D.C., including the offices of our Montana Congressmen.

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act puts America on track to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. It puts a fee or price on carbon pollution and returns net revenue to households. Businesses will innovate to provide abundant, affordable, and reliable clean energy as market demand goes down for more expensive polluting energy.

Whitefish is doing great work on local climate action. However, to make the large systemic changes needed, we must act nationally too. This policy will help Whitefish meet several climate action plan goals like becoming carbon neutral and reducing consumption of carbon-intensive goods and services. The right federal policy will effectively nudge the U.S. Whitefish understands this.

This policy is affordable because it puts money in your pocket as monthly “carbon cash back” payments for every American. Our local businesses benefit when we have additional spending money.

Call Sens. Daines and Tester, and Rep. Rosendale and ask them to pass the Energy Innovation Act.

Robin Paone, Whitefish