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Letter: Contact your lawmakers to enact carbon pricing

Ask your senators, President Biden, and Rep. Stauber to price carbon with a dividend, creating a self-funding, strong, bipartisan climate solution saving lives and growing our economy.

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From Brigham Young University’s 12/31/21 Clean Electrification of the U.S. Economy report :

“Air pollution causes death, illness and economic damage at enormous scales. Globally, air pollution from fossil fuels causes 1 in 5 deaths and $10 trillion in economic damage annually. In the U.S., air pollution causes 200,000 premature deaths and $933 billion in economic losses each year… It is a moral duty to protect the health and prosperity of our communities by transitioning to clean energy as fast as possible.”

Global warming is a fact, not a “blue” or “red” issue; a humanitarian crisis affecting us all from burning fossil fuels causing over 110 million tons daily of greenhouse gas (GHG) atmospheric pollution.

Yale’s 9/2/20 poll shows 71% of Minnesotans and 72% of Americans believe global warming is happening. Sixty-three percent of Carlton County adults agree, and 86% support funding research into renewable energy sources, 73% support regulation of CO2 as a pollutant, 67% support strict CO2 limits on existing coal-fired power plants and 67% support requiring fossil-fuel companies to pay a carbon tax, the poll showed.

Congress can immediately create policies eliminating GHG pollution and addressing the “feedback loops” causing devastating self-accelerating global warming.

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Join Citizens’ Climate Lobby ( citizensclimatelobby.org ). Ask your senators ( cclusa.org/senate ), President Biden ( cclusa.org/white-house ) and Rep. Stauber (202) 225-6211 to price carbon with a dividend, creating a self-funding, strong, bipartisan climate solution saving lives and growing our economy.

Michael Overend,

Two Harbors

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