Effective bill against climate change

Two dams near Midland, Mich., failed last month after record rains, with 4.7 inches falling over 48 hours.

Dow Chemical activated the emergency plan for its headquarters and production facilities in Midland, and reported that floodwaters were commingling with containment ponds at the site. There were concerns about effects of flooding on an associated US EPA SuperFund site just downriver of the Dow facility.

Thousands of people were ordered to evacuated their homes.

This news is relevant for Clinton County.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recently issued its 2020 Climate Change Impacts Assessment Update. The report states that climate change is expected to increase extreme rainfall events in Pennsylvania, with impacts on infrastructure.

From 1996 to 2018, flooding accounted for nearly 80% of the weather-related damage in the Commonwealth.

Flooding can adversely affect a range of important Pennsylvania sectors, including energy production and transmission, transportation, agriculture, and storm and waste water treatment.

There is a way to take effective action.

Over 3,500 U.S. economists have supported the idea of a carbon fee coupled to a dividend (returning the money to U.S. taxpayers) to limit emissions of the greenhouse gases that drive climate change.

A bill that embodies this approach is currently before Congress: The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 763). A Columbia University study has shown that the bill should work. Write to your members of Congress soon to urge them to pass HR 763!


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