The record long government shutdown has showcased partisan politics at its worst. If federal politicians can’t agree on funding our nation and its workers, will they ever work together to address more complex problems?
The answer may be a surprising “yes.” And the issue they can unite behind is more surprising still: climate change. For the past decade, perhaps no topic has decisively divided right and left.11 comments on this story
Yet we’re seeing members of Congress come together on climate change. At the end of the 115th Congress, the Climate Solutions Caucus had grown to 45 Republicans and 45 Democrats. A month before the 2018 session ended, U.S. House Democrat and Republican representatives introduced the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividends Act, followed just three weeks later by a bipartisan companion bill in the Senate.
Why would legislators unite on this divisive matter? Because the bill benefits their constituents. It puts a fee on carbon sources and returns the proceeds into the pockets of all Americans. Modeling studies have shown the policy to be effective, good for people, good for the economy and revenue neutral. This is a solution that can unite Americans, even our Congress.