HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Local activist Dr. Vernon Dixon of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby is continuing his battle against climate change by warning citizens and Congress of the financial implications associated with his chosen cause.
“Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has just said that businesses that fail to adapt to climate change will go bust, but others will be able to profit handsomely from funding green investment,” Dixon shared. “This is just one of many warnings coming from our country and around the world about the severe financial dangers from climate change.
“I urge (Congress) to listen to our financial experts and take action on climate change while there is still time. Please consider passing legislation like the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Bill, HR 763, as the single best way to do this. If enacted, this bill would decreasee greenhouse gases by 90% by 2050 using a free market approach that grows our economy and adds millions of new American jobs at the same time. It would enable the US to again lead the world in the green energy revolution.”
The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Bill bill imposes a fee on the carbon content of fuels, including crude oil, natural gas, coal, or any other product derived from those fuels that will be used so as to emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The fee is imposed on the producers or importers of the fuels and is equal to the greenhouse gas content of the fuel multiplied by the carbon fee rate. The rate begins at $15 in 2019, increases by $10 each year, and is subject to further adjustments based on the progress in meeting specified emissions reduction targets. The bill also imposes a specified fee on fluorinated greenhouse gases.
The bill includes:
- exemptions for fuels used for agricultural or nonemitting purposes,
- exemptions for fuels used by the Armed Forces,
- rebates for facilities that capture and sequester carbon dioxide, and
- border adjustment provisions that require certain fees or refunds for carbon-intensive products that are exported or imported.
The fees must be deposited into a Carbon Dividend Trust Fund and used for administrative expenses and dividend payments to U.S. citizens or lawful residents. The fees must be decommissioned when emissions levels and monthly dividend payments fall below specified levels. The bill also suspends certain regulations that limit greenhouse gas emissions. The suspensions expire if the emissions targets established by this bill are not reached after a specified time period.
While everyone may not agree with Dixon’s position on climate change, his passion for the cause is difficult to dispute. Dixon urged concerned citizens to contact Congress leaders in an effort to support HR 763.
Feature Photo: Dr. Vernon Dixon/Facebook
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Dr. Vernon Dixon, a local activist, claimed there is growing concern among Republicans about climate change Sunday, May 5. The environmentalist appeared before Hiawassee City Council in early August of last year, striving to gain approval of a resolution intended to apply pressure on Congress. The city council ultimately declined to enact a carbon emission tax on producers – at the well, mine, or port – which potentially coud have provided a dividend return for Hiawassee.
Although denied enactment by the City of Hiawassee, Dr. Dixon continues to encourage residents of Towns County to support bipartisan legislation to address climate change. “The bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Bill, HR 763, is just such legislation,” Dixon said. “It is a conservative, market driven solution to climate change that would add millions of new American jobs.
“During the recent debate about the Paris Climate Agreement, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the highest ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said, ‘We can all agree that climate is changing. We need to take positive steps to address it.’ He argued that Congress should commit to a bipartisan approach to climate action.
“During the same discussion, Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.), the highest ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, said he, too, wished that the House was considering bipartisan legislation on climate change. ‘I fully agree that the climate is changing. I agree humans are contributing to that change,’ he said. ‘I agree there’s something we need to do about this, and we need to be aggressive.'”
HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Hiawassee Town Square was the site of the annual “Plant Affair on the Square” Saturday, April 13. The heart of Hiawassee was filled with vibrant blooms and vendors, including booths to support Earth Day awareness.
The Rotary Club of Lake Chatuge-Hiawassee offered complementary, reuseable totes to visitors, an act to encourge a reduction in plastic shopping bags that can be detremental to the environment. The Rotarians are connected to 1.2 million members worldwide, and the local chapter participates in a wide range of community service projects.
Vernon Dixon, a climate change activist, was on-hand to dispense information on the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. The mission of the lobbyists involves implementing a plan which will reduce national greenhouse emissions by 52 percent, add 2.8 million jobs to the economy, and improve overall air quality. The organization is working to impose a fee on fossil fuels at the mine, well, or port of entry source, distribute net revenues to US households to offset higher energy prices due to the fee, and encourge a border tariff adjustment to discourage businesses from relocating to areas where they can emit additional carbon dioxide. Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization.
Clean Sweep Week, which was extended to a two week period this year, begins April 15, and runs through April 27. Residents are encouraged to obtain specially-marked bags from the Towns County Courthouse, Hiawassee City Hall, Young Harris City Hall, or either county library branch to collect roadside debris. Gloves and safety vests are available to volunteers. Collected trash can be delivered to the Towns County Transfer Station at no charge. Cash awards will be extended to the individual, business, and organization which collects the greatest amounts. Clean Sweep will not be in effect on Good Friday or Passover, in observance of the holy days.
Feature Photo: Vernon Dixon of Citizens’ Climate Lobby