WASHINGTON, DC — Bold new legislation introduced today offers a promising bipartisan path toward reducing carbon emissions and acting on climate change before it is too late for people and wildlife alike. The National Wildlife Federation thanked U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.) for introducing the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act to boost conversations about serious solutions to climate change ahead of the next session of Congress.
“Climate change is having real and dire impacts on communities across the nation. From unprecedented megafires in California to super-charged hurricanes in places like Florida, North Carolina and the Northern Mariana Islands, the signs are overwhelming that Congress needs to embrace bold and bipartisan solutions,” said Shannon Heyck-Williams, senior manager for climate and energy at the National Wildlife Federation. “A carbon fee is an economically-sound, market-based idea worthy of Congress’s bipartisan consideration and action. We look forward to working with Reps. Deutch, Rooney and Fitzpatrick in the next Congress on proactive conservation legislation to address climate change and carbon emissions going forward.”
The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act’s is the second significant bipartisan carbon-fee proposal this year. Congressman Carlos Curbelo introduced legislation, cosponsored by Reps. Rooney and Fitzpatrick, which also proposed fees as an avenue to confront climate change.
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