An economic approach to the climate crisis

Posted on October 12, 2015 by Sonoma Valley Sun


What are carbon fees and dividends, and how would they help the environment? Dr. Peter Joseph of Citizens’ Climate Lobby addresses the issue with “Harnessing the Economy to Fight Climate Change: Carbon Fee and Dividend,” an October 20 lecture at Burlingame Hall.

Dr. Peter Joseph is a retired emergency physician now devoting himself full time to advocating a practical solution to global warming. In 2007, Joseph trained with Al Gore as part of The Climate Reality Project, which followed Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth,” to educate the public about global warming. He now leads the group’s Marin chapter.

The group is pushing passage by Congress of a revenue-neutral carbon tax it calls “carbon fee and dividend.” Joseph said that, if enacted into law, it would add 2.1 million jobs 10 ten years, improvements in air quality would save 13,000 lives a year and global warming emissions would decline by 33 percent.

He will elaborate on how a simple carbon fee with full revenue return to U.S. households can both stimulate the economy and drive down carbon emissions using market mechanisms, a plan Joseph’s group said can appeal to all sides of the political spectrum.

The event is presented by The Earth Care Committee of the First Congregational Church. Chair John Donnelly said the proposed new policy “could be the one of the most radically effective tools for addressing the climate crisis.”

The 7 p.m. lecture is free. Burlingame Hall is located at 252 W. Spain St. in Sonoma.

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