It’s great to see your article about Brian Rosen’s song, Right Upon the Hour, urging people to act on the climate issue. As the song says, we need to find a solution.
As members of the transnational climate action group Citizens’ Climate Lobby, we would like to propose one important part of the solution we need: a fee and dividend price on carbon.
This approach is popular with economists, like George Shultz, and climate scientists, like James Hansen. A price is placed on carbon-based fuels at the source and increased steadily each year, with all the money returned to Canadians in the form of equal dividend cheques.
Fee and dividend is similar to BC’s internationally-acclaimed carbon tax. The next step for BC is to harmonize our tax with a national system, making it more effective and providing greater economic benefits.
It’s time to call on our MPs to implement carbon fee and dividend at a national level. We need a carbon price that is fair, transparent and effective – fee and dividend. You can learn more at citizensclimatelobby.ca.
Jan Slakov, Salt Spring Island
Laura Sacks, Upper Glade
Michael Jessen, Nelson
Kate Polle, Victoria, BC
Citizens Climate Lobby members