Letter: GOP has power to fight climate change

Over the last few months, people across the country have been absorbing the results of the 2016 election. For better or worse, the Republican Party will have control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives in our nation’s capital for the next two years. As an independent, I look forward to seeing something get done for once. Congratulations, GOP.

However, with great power comes great responsibility. If the GOP fails to make meaningful changes that improve the lives of American citizens, they won’t be able to pass the buck. With this in mind and with the looming threat of climate change getting worse every year, I encourage the GOP to take strong action where Democrats failed.

Believe it or not there is a conservative approach to fight climate change and it’s good. Pollution from energy companies creates real costs for citizens throughout the country from flooding, doctor bills and more. By paying costs of production ourselves, society is effectively subsidizing the fossil fuel industry. A carbon fee is a market-based approach to discourage energy companies from polluting by eliminating the societal subsidy. When paired with a program to give all the money back to citizens, the GOP could make the energy market more efficient, stimulate the economy and solve climate change in a way no Democrat could.

Climate change is a tough issue to crack, but I believe the Republican Party is smart enough and strong enough to solve the issue once and for all.

Austin Lewis

Des Moines

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