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Letter to the Editor: Bipartisan action on the climate threat

To the editor:

Cloud-induced ignorance and political distractions have kept the really bad news hidden. We're in trouble. No amount of rationalizations and political obfuscations can obscure the simple truth that the god of chemistry and physics is awesome and immutable. The climate follows orders ordained at the beginning of time. E=MC2, Pi=3.14, et. al and one gallon of gas burned equals 19.6 lbs. of CO2.

Befuddled by over 30 years of inaction, we are faced with choosing between the knowns and the known unknowns. We do know that fossil fuels create greenhouse gases that capture reflected sunlight, creating a heated blanket around the Earth. Oh, and there's a bunch of really scary facts about buried methane (worse than CO2) as the Arctic melts and the oceans warm. Imagining the consequences of all this for human food production and national security makes a challenging parlor game.

But this is a game I don't want to play. I'm joining a group of courageous legislators who are calling for action. HR763 — the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 — will do what we have to do. Reduce our use of coal, oil and natural gas, cap methane emissions and hold other countries accountable if they don't follow suit. This innovative act puts the powerful American economy to work for all of us. HR763 is a grand vision that's doable, cheap to administer and will put thousands of dollars back into the pockets of American Households. You can read about it here: www.citizensclimatelobby.org/energy-innovation-and-carbon-dividend-act/

Jeanne Johnson

Minnesota 7th Congressional District

Citizens Climate Education Network

Alexandria, MN