A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers has introduced a landmark bill that would charge fossil fuel companies a tax for their carbon dioxide emissions.
It comes in the wake of last week’s U.S. government report on climate change. “It shows we have a great problem to face,” said Chris Wiegard, a State Coordinator for Citizens Climate Lobby, that supports the bill to charge $15 for each ton of carbon emitted into the air, increasing $10 each year afterwards. He says even though it would cost consumers, it would balance out.
“Over time, that would create two million jobs over ten years and reduce carbon dioxide emissions 33%,” said Wiegard.
The legislation is not given much hope this session, but with a Democratically-controlled house next year, it could get a hearing.
“It demands for us to be civil and non-partisan and think of our grandchildren,” added Wiegard.