We need a national policy that will
1) put a steadily-rising, predictable fee on carbon emissions.
2) return all revenues from the fee to households, thereby offsetting the higher energy costs that will be passed on to consumers.
3) levy border tariffs to protect American business from unfair foreign competition
To accomplish this goal, we need real leadership. Perhaps the courage shown by Rep. Cole and Sen. Coburn on taxes will motivate a hard look at this issue.
Today, addressing the challenges of a warming planet is as divisive an issue as slavery was in Lincoln’s time. And like slavery in 19th century, today’s climate issue, if not tackled directly, threatens to dwarf our current fiscal and social problems. We need a historic figure to lead our country to a sustainable world for our children and future generations. President Obama must be that leader now. The earth is running out of time.
Ola Fincke is a Norman resident and member of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.