FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 10, 2018
Delaney: Trump is Grossly Negligent by Undercutting UN Climate Report
FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS, MD – This weekend, the United States joined a proposal by Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait at the global climate summit to weaken language in an alarming UN climate report that warned the world has a decade to cut carbon emissions by half to mitigate the effects of rising temperatures.
Research published last week by the Global Carbon Project indicates that annual global carbon emissions are on track to hit an all-time high this year.
“President Trump is grossly negligent by joining with Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait to weaken the language in the UN climate report and he is inflicting harm on our citizens, their children, and grandchildren by not taking steps to dramatically reduce carbon emissions. Rather than working with global leaders on finding ways to combat rising temperatures, Trump continues to align himself with the policies of climate denialism. This is dangerous and unsustainable and we must act now before it’s too late.”
Last month, a landmark bipartisan carbon tax legislation, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICD), was filed by Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), Congressman John Delaney (D-MD-6), Congressman Francis Rooney (R-FL-19), Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-08), and Congressman Charlie Crist (D-FL-13). An additional Republican cosponsor, Congressman Dave Trott (R-MI-11) has since signed on as well. This bipartisan legislation aims to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint by taxing greenhouse gas emissions. Under the EICD, corporations would be taxed at $15 per ton of CO2 emissions. That fee would climb $10 per year until emission reduction targets are reached. 100 percent of the revenue from the tax would be returned to taxpayers via a dividend. The legislation also includes regulatory relief.