In the national conversation on energy and jobs, I appreciate the Daily Mail Opinion page weighing in on energy needs here in West Virginia. Regarding the Green New Deal editorial, however, the “deal” is asparational in nature, with specific policies to follow.
The new century, with urgent need for action on the warming climate, demands that we examine our loyalty to fossil fuels and turn to clean energy sources that don’t damage our health, water or air and do grow the economy.
The premise that we can’t rely on renewables because it’s cloudy or mountainous is inaccurate. As recently stated by Penn climate scientist Michael Mann, “The truth is that a combination of wind, solar and other renewables, along with battery and smart grid technology, can provide continuous and abundant electricity,” even here.
The Daily Mail Opinion piece challenges us to “bring something new to the table.” Citizens’ Climate Lobby West Virginia has a proposal on the table to protect coalfield communities in the just transition to an array of energy sources.
We are advocating for passage of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which would place a steadily increasing fee on the carbon content of all fossil fuels, with the fees collected returned to U.S. households in equal shares.
By earmarking less than 1 percent of the money collected, $25 billion dollars would be made available to coal communities and coal workers over the first 10 years of the legislation.
Review our draft: http://NewDay4.com and let’s come to the table together.