Letter to the editor: Climate activism not just for Democrats
Regarding the article “Gore: US getting close to political shift on climate change”: Climate activism is not just for Democrats; however, it has been associated with them. The article implies that conservatives and moderates being pushed toward action are outsiders to climate change, coming late to the party the liberals are in charge of. My own work with conservatives concerned with climate change refutes this impression.
There is indeed legislation so partisan as the Green New Deal that troubles the more economically conservative, but there is also bipartisan, even free-market legislation aimed at combatting climate change. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act sets a fee for carbon emissions, and that money — instead of going to the government — will go straight into the pockets of American citizens, making up for whatever cost increases come from the fee.
With climate change such a polarizing an issue, bipartisan efforts are given little attention, so conservatives start to think they have no place in climate activism. Look into it and contact your members of Congress so we can show that climate activism is for everybody.
The writer is a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s chapter of Citizen’s Climate Lobby.