With the nation in the grip of a political vise that has brought the federal government to a standstill, is there any issue open to bipartisan agreement? Perhaps.

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Last month, Bob Inglis, executive director of the Energy & Enterprise Initiative, was here in Utah, where he met with media and government officials promoting a policy that would tax sources and producers of carbon emissions and return the revenue to the citizens. Importantly, Inglis is a former Republican U.S. congressman from South Carolina who makes Sen. Mike Lee look like a liberal.

The recent U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report laid to rest any argument whether climate change is occurring, and resistance to a tide of overwhelming evidence that the phenomenon is human-caused is eroding faster than our shorelines.

Citizens Climate Lobby supports open-minded efforts like Rep. Inglis’s. With the world’s climate as precarious as the political process in D.C., bipartisan leadership on climate change legislation might be an ideal place to improve both.

Gerald Elias

Salt Lake City