LTE writers: Your first post-march assignment! All hands on deck!

Use print title: “Call for Action on Climate,” 9/22

-Thank Newsday for including the march on the front page (even if not the featured story)
-Address the diversity of the marchers, including the range of political and economic views (Newsday chose to highlight only one, particularly anti-capitalist slogan); on the other hand, you could run with their quote about climate change threatening suburban pocketbooks
-CCL has a solution that appeals to people everywhere on the political spectrum as well as economists from both political parties

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2 comments on “LTE writers: Your first post-march assignment! All hands on deck!
  1. Jennifer says:

    I wrote three LTEs today, hooray! To the Long Island Advance, to Newsday, and to the East Hampton Star. Thanks for rounding up the Newsday & East Hampton opportunities for us.
    – – –
    To: Long Island Advance
    A climate solution

    To the editor:

    Thank you for mentioning the People’s Climate March in Manhattan on Sept. 20. Yes, it was huge. My husband and I attended to send this message: it’s time to put a federal price on carbon. 

    The best way to put a price on carbon? “Fee and Dividend.”  Here’s good news: it’s a market-based climate solution that both liberals and conservatives support. 

    How does F&D work? It collects a fee on fossil fuels at the well, mine, or port of entry, and gives the money back to U.S. households. The fee starts low ($15 per ton CO2 the first year), then steps up $10 each year, bringing emissions down until target levels are reached.

    But what about the economy? More good news. According to an analysis by the respected Regional Economic Models, Inc., F&D will create jobs, grow the economy, save lives, and make Americans richer. All while cutting CO2 in half over twenty years. 

    Since no politician wants to be against jobs, a larger economy, or saving American lives, I am hopeful that Fee & Dividend will get passed by our next Congress. If Advance readers would like to help generate the political will to make that happen, I recommend Citizens’ Climate Lobby. The local CCL chapter meets regularly, it’s non-partisan, and it’s well-organized.  CCL’s sound plan for restoring a stable climate has restored my own hope for the future. 

    Let’s build the political will for a livable world. Let’s do it—for our kids, grandkids, and generations to come.

    Jennifer Greene
    – – –
    To: Newsday
    A winning climate solution

    To the editor:

    I appreciated your coverage of the People’s Climate March. I was there, and it was good to see people from all walks of life participating. I was especially glad to see the large section marching under the banner “We Have the Solution.”

    One solution I saw promoted at the march is the revenue-neutral carbon tax (RNCT). I hope Newsday will report on it further. Some know it by another name: “Fee and Dividend.” Whether you call it RNCT or F&D, it’s a proposal that deserves attention.

    It’s straightforward: make climate polluters pay, and rebate that money back to U.S. households.

    This is a market-based approach that both sides of the aisle can support. Will the next Congress pass a revenue-neutral carbon tax? They’d better, or our grandkids will end up paying the price.

    Jennifer Greene
    – – –
    To: The East Hampton Star
    Time for Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax

    To the editor:

    Thanks to Christopher Walsh for his recent coverage of the People’s Climate March. I agree with Don Matheson and Dr. Hansen that a revenue-neutral carbon tax is needed—now. 

    The good news? Revenue-neutral carbon tax (RNCT) is a market-based, politically feasible solution that both liberals and conservatives can support. 

    Two former Republican Treasury secretaries – Hank Paulson and George Shultz – are now calling for a carbon tax. Conservative economists such as Art Laffer, Greg Mankiw, and Douglas Holtz-Eakin all agree that free enterprise can fix the climate problem, but only if we fix the distortion in the marketplace that gives climate polluters free access to our skies. 

    Here’s what RNCT will do: tax fossil fuels, based on the CO2 content of those fuels, at the first point of sale. 100% of the revenue gets returned to the public. This rebate will protect households from the rising costs associated with the carbon tax.

    Not only will RNCT cut carbon emissions in half in 20 years, it will also add 2.8 million jobs to the economy, according to a 2014 study by Regional Economic Models, Inc. 

    To learn more, or to get involved, check out Citizens’ Climate Lobby. I’ve been impressed by CCL’s respectful method as well as its focused mission. The local CCL chapter meets regularly, it’s non-partisan, and well-organized. CCL’s sound plan for restoring a stable climate has restored my own hope for the future. 

    The tide is turning. We need solutions. It’s time for a revenue-neutral carbon tax.

    Jennifer Greene

  2. Jennifer says:

    Ack, I got the date wrong in my letter to the Advance, duh… I’m going to email them now and ask for that correction.

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