The article “Power companies file suit challenging New York nuclear subsidies” in The Citizen on Oct. 19, 2016 points out the large subsidies bestowed on the nuclear industry by Gov. Cuomo. The governor sees nuclear power as a way to meet ambitious goals to reduce the use of greenhouse gas emissions which are contributing to man-made climate change. Coal and natural gas are not happy with this.
Rep. John Katko has recently lent his voice to action on climate change by signing onto a Republican resolution saying Congress needs to act now. He deserves thanks and urging to do more.
Conservatives, economists and business leaders are speaking out on a better way to protect our economy from climate change: a revenue neutral carbon fee as proposed by Citizens' Climate Lobby.
A fee would be placed on carbon-based fuels, beginning at $15 per ton of carbon dioxide and increasing each year by $10/ton until needed emissions reductions are achieved. Revenues from the fee are returned to all American families as a monthly check, as opposed to top down subsidies to favored industries.
The plan accounts for the true cost of burning fossil fuels to the environment, public health and economy. The plan has been well studied and shown to be an economic winner or draw for over 67 percent of Americans, and to create a net of 1 million jobs in the first four years after implementation. Not supporting the plan would be to refuse to protect the environment and the economy!
Please tell Congress that you want a carbon fee and dividend to grow the economy and protect the environment in a fair way. Congressman Katko or your representatives need to hear from you now.