The Herald recently reported the U.S. Department of Agriculture will grant $20.2 million to wildfire recovery projects in La Plata and other Colorado counties.
We are grateful for this and other actions to address worsening wildfires.
The main cause of increased wildfires has been rising temperatures leading to earlier snowmelt, which in turn led to drier conditions. Projections indicate that for every 1.8 degrees further rise in temperature, there could be quadruple the area burned each year in the western U.S.
Fortunately, there is a ray of hope from the U.S. Congress with the introduction of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which would place a steadily rising fee on carbon pollution and then return all revenue to households equally. The bill will drive down carbon pollution while at the same putting money in people’s pockets. It is good for business and will create jobs.
I urge Congressman Scott Tipton to join the bipartisan sponsorship of this bill and respond to the desires of his constituents for more cooperation in Congress and positive action on the climate crisis.
It’s time to set aside partisan differences and, for the good of our nation and the world, start addressing the threat of climate change by enacting the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act in the next Congress