The League joined a fact sheet opposing an amendment proposed by Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) that would block a potential tool to address carbon pollution. Amendment #928 was proposed and accepted during the vote-a-rama surrounding debate on the U.S. Senate's proposed federal budget.
OPPOSE Amendment (Blunt) #928: Blocks Potential Tool to Address Carbon Pollution
The Blunt amendment is a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to any legislation that would create a tax or fee on carbon emissions.
This harmful amendment ties the hands of the federal government and Congress, making it that much more difficult to curb dangerous carbon pollution.
Climate change is a major threat to our health and economy, there is no reason to limit congressional or federal opportunities to tackle this serious problem.
According to the report Risky Business, if we continue on our current path, by 2050 between $66 billion and $106 billion worth of existing coastal property will likely be below sea level nationwide, with $238 billion to $507 billion worth of property below sea level by 2100.
According to President Obama’s budget the government has suffered over $300 billion in climate impacts over the last ten years. However, polluters continue to be able to pollute unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air for free. It is unfair to ask taxpayers to bear this cost alone when polluters can pollute for free.
In 2012, the federal government spent $96 billion dollars to clean up the disastrous effects of climate disruption—the equivalent of $1,100 per taxpayer.
According to the 2014 National Climate Assessment, the U.S. is already experiencing more severe storms, floods, and droughts, and increased illness and death from more severe heat waves and worsened pollution.
The cost of inaction is simply too high to take potential solutions off the table which could be a complement to current carbon reductions efforts. We have an obligation to future generations to reduce our carbon pollution.
OPPOSE BLUNT AMENDMENT #928