Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 | 2 a.m.
Brian Greenspun rightly points out that Americans tend to band together in times of storms and other crises to help those in need (“Don’t take chances with Mother Nature, human nature,” Sept. 17, the Sun.)
He blames Congress for playing with environmental “disasters in waiting” by talk of opening Yucca Mountain. But Congress also has power to prevent or remediate the impact of future storms, floods and nuclear disasters through policies related to energy use.
We citizens can band together to influence Congress to move us toward a green energy economy where future development of both carbon and nuclear sources doesn’t make economic sense.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby believes that Americans can band together and work across the political spectrum to promote good policy in Congress. Our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal would place a slowly rising fee on carbon fuels and rebate the proceeds back to American households. This would reduce carbon emissions, while growing the economy, not government.
It could unleash investment in renewable technology that would benefit Nevada’s economy and make future nuclear development obsolete. Rather than letting Washington dictate to us, we can show Congress a vision of a vibrant clean energy future.