Letter to the Editor
Wildfires, hurricanes, droughts, heat wave. It’s time to take action on climate change, and residents of Michigan’s largest congressional district should be pleased that their representative in Congress, Jack Bergman, has just joined the House Climate Solutions Caucus. He is the first member from Michigan.
Many people think that all Republicans are climate change skeptics. In fact, half of the 60 members of this caucus are Republicans.
Their interest in this challenge reflects growing concern in the party. For example, 62 percent of Trump voters support taxing and/or regulating the pollution that causes global warming, according to a Yale survey, and that was before Hurricane Harvey hit Houston.
If we are to make significant progress on climate change, this caucus will have to provide some of the leadership.
We hope that Congressman Bergman can help persuade his colleagues to engage in the art of compromise that legislators are paid to perform. Here’s one idea for this fall: To pay for tax cuts, enact a carbon fee to accelerate the shift to clean energy.
George T. Frampton, Jr.
Co-founder, Partnership for Responsible Growth