The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication tracks opinions on climate change nationwide. In early August, that group released updated results of its poll (climatecommunication.yale.edu). These results show that 68 percent of U.S. adults support placing a revenue-neutral price on carbon emissions, meaning Congress has historic, nationwide support to act on climate change.
Locally, 60 percent of citizens in North Carolina District 13 (Rep. Ted Budd) believe Congress should do more to address climate change, and 68 percent see environmental protection as more important than economic growth. In N.C. District 6 (Rep. Mark Walker) the figures are 59 percent and 69 percent, respectively.
But we don’t have to choose between protecting the economy and preserving a livable climate. We can do both by pricing carbon and returning the revenue to households in a monthly dividend check (www.citizensclimatelobby.org). It is clear that our community would lend support to this or other positive action by our N.C. congressional representatives. It is our responsibility to let them know.