Valley residents including a Scottsdale councilwoman appreciate efforts by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that recently announced a change on its position for climate action.
The chamber, according to a press release and published reports, “supports a market-based approach to accelerate greenhouse gas emissions reductions across the U.S. economy.”
“Climate change is both a threat and a very good economic opportunity. The passage of CCL’s Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act will reduce carbon and create millions of trade jobs – jobs needed to restore a strong middle class. Americans will receive the collected revenue through monthly revenue checks. Passage of this bill provides relief to the economy through jobs, not more national debt,” said Scottsdale Councilwoman Solange Whitehead in a prepared statement.
“The right climate solutions can unleash the power of the American market and ingenuity. I would encourage Valley Chambers to encourage Arizona senators and house members to support a carbon price.”
Endorsing “market-based” climate policy indicates support for carbon pricing, which is the type of policy local members of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby want Arizona’s Senators and House or Representatives members to support, according to the release.
“The U.S. chamber represents many major American corporations. We are glad to see them recognize this is a solution that works for people, the planet, and businesses,” said Kyle Kammien, senior business relations representative for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, in a prepared statement. “Their stance will help build more support in Congress for a durable, bipartisan climate solution.”
Solutions like the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act are market-based approaches with bipartisan support, the release said, noting that members of the new administration, such as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, reportedly support the policy approach as well.