Statement Regarding the Introduction of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act
Today U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., along with Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., Francis Rooney, R-Fla., Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and John Delaney, D-Md., all members of the House Climate Solutions Caucus, introduced the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. The bill establishes a $15 per ton fee on carbon emissions that escalates by $10 per ton per year. The revenues generated from the fee will be directed to a fund that distributes the proceeds to the American public in a monthly dividend payment.
“It’s clear that we must address the substantial and growing threats posed by climate change,” said Lynn Scarlett, Head of External Affairs at The Nature Conservancy. “A bill like this, which makes a firm commitment to placing a price on pollution and reducing the emissions that threaten our communities, our health and our planet, is a necessary component of any effective plan to address climate change. We’re pleased to see a bipartisan group of members of the House Climate Solutions Caucus continue to press this issue on Capitol Hill.”
“We’re looking forward to working with various stakeholders and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle as the conversation continues on this bill and other measures to address climate change,” said Scarlett. “We need durable, bipartisan action on climate change.”
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