Congress, Get With the Program, Enact a Carbon Tax

image_largeCongress- listen up; forty companies with annual revenues of $611 billion want you to take action on climate change- including GM, the world’s largest auto manufacturer. What are you waiting for?

This past month, GM joined a stellar group, including Starbucks, Adidas, L’Oréal & IKEA. These companies are urging federal lawmakers to go bold on climate while proclaiming this challenge “one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century.”

At the Ceres Conference, General Motors became the first automaker to add it’s name to the Climate Declaration. Readers, you can also add your name as a business or individual here.

If all these companies agree, if Exxon Mobil supports a carbon tax, if conservative think tanks like the American Enterprise Institute and Energy & Enterprise Initiative concur with the economists and scientists; why are we letting climate deniers chair the House Science Subcommittee on Environment?

I’d say wake up and smell the coffee, but coffee also faces an uncertain future due to climate change.  It’s time to get with the program, Congress. Quit squandering the little time we have left to hedge the worst effects of climate change and pass a comprehensive climate package that includes a carbon fee on big polluters and rebate it to the American people.

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