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Letter: Villa Hills a Leader in Supporting Climate Change Legislation

Villa Hills city council became a leader in supporting action on climate change by being the first Northern Kentucky community to endorse the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 763) currently before the U.S. House of Representatives.  

This summer the City of Cincinnati endorsed this bill, and earlier this year the City of Covington formally supported action to reduce CO2 emissions.

Two Villa Hills residents, members of the nonpartisan Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), requested the council’s endorsement. 

The bill would place a gradually rising fee on carbon based on the amount of CO2 released from coal, oil, and natural gas. The fee would be returned to the American people as a dividend which would allow the people and not the government to choose how the money would be spent. 

Scientists and economists see a carbon fee as the most effective plan to lower greenhouse gases like CO2 that are warming the planet. The dividend would stimulate the economy. This market solution will reduce CO2 without the need for EPA regulation. There would be a border adjustment so that producers in this country would not be at a disadvantage compared with cheaper fossil fuels from other countries.  

In short, Villa Hills city council has chosen to endorse a plan that would help control global warming, allow the marketplace to thrive, and reduce regulation.

Beth Jackson is a resident of Villa Hills