What can we do? A carbon fee and dividend is a market-based approach endorsed by both environmental groups and conservative economists like Greg Mankiw, adviser to George W. Bush, and Arthur Laffer, former adviser to President Reagan.
It would incentivize our transition to renewables by putting a steadily rising fee on carbon at the first point of sale and returning the revenue to households. A tariff on goods from countries without such a system would ensure competitiveness. Ask Congressman Cole or Senators Coburn and Inhofe to support such legislation. But above all let them know that the time for denial is over: we are all in this together and we as a nation can do better.
Karin Schutjer is a member of Citizens Climate Lobby — Norman. She studies and teaches German language and culture.