Add climate progress to recovery plans

All the scientists told us it was coming. Not right away, they said, but soon. What you do now matters; what you do now will have a big impact on the future. But somehow it never seemed that urgent. It seemed like the only people suffering lived far away. Despite the WHO telling us years ago that climate change will exacerbate infectious disease pandemics, these twin threats are now upon us.

If there’s any silver lining, it’s that we have proven society can make drastic changes very quickly. When this current threat passes there will be much to rebuild. A significant step towards this was the recent passage of the CARES Act, which was both extremely necessary and entirely insufficient. American households that have lost lives and livelihoods continue to need financial support.

Surprisingly, there is bipartisan agreement on one place that money should come from: place a fee on fossil fuel production and progressively distribute it to all U.S. households.

When it comes to deploying innovative and effective solutions, there’s no time like the present.


Eliana S. Armstrong
Co-leader, Indianapolis Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby

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2 thoughts on “Add climate progress to recovery plans

  1. Lets place a fee on renewable fuels because it is free money. Renewables cost nothing to produce and therefor we have created a perpetual free money tree.

    Of course it is a fallacy that renewables cost nothing as is the fallacy that we can do away with fossil fuel or coal burning power plants. You see industry needs consistent, high quality power 24-7 365. Lilly for instance does not shut down in the middle of production because the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shinning.

    When bigger government and 10’s of trillions of dollars is not the your answer, I will listen. Until then this is a propaganda proposition for global governance and global taxation.

  2. Of course renewable energy isn’t free, it’s just costs less than fossil fuel created energy even when you include energy storage which is necessary for when the wind doesn’t blow or sun doesn’t shine. And with the lower cost you also get an improved environment, lower health risks and less greenhouse gases changing the climate. When people like Steve stop spreading lies about our climate crisis, we’ll be one step closer to slowing it down.

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