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Truckee Town Council endorses federal climate legislation

Hannah Jones
hjones@sierrasun.com

Following Earth Day celebrations over the weekend Truckee Town Council members have agreed to stand behind the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, the first piece of bipartisan climate legislation introduced to Congress in 10 years.

“I absolutely believe we should be taking all the actions we can to support legislation and to support our communities, our nation, our world to adapt to a changing climate,” said Council Member David Polivy.

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change, will impose a fee on fossil fuels including crude oil, natural gas and coal at their source.

The fees will then be deposited into a Carbon Dividend Trust Fund and used for administrative expenses and dividend payments to U.S. citizens. The bill also suspends certain regulations that limit greenhouse gas emissions which expire if the emissions targets established in the bill are not reached after a specific time period.

According to the Citizens Climate Lobby, the organization who urged Truckee town council to endorse the legislation, it is estimated that the policy will reduce the nation’s emissions by at least 4% in the first 12 years.

“It is aligned with council priorities that you all have set this year,” said Nicholas Martin, administrative analyst for Truckee.

The bill was introduced into congress around a month ago and has since gained the support of other major cities including Chicago, the largest municipality in the U.S. to endorse it.

“There is a cultural shift, a paradigm shift, a time to move up to the next level of dealing with what we’re seeing,” said Janet Atkinson, member of Citizens Climate lobby and volunteer with Schools for Climate Action, during public comment at Tuesday’s conference meeting.

“I am thrilled to want to endorse this; we’re totally in favor of it,” said Jeff Loux, Truckee town manager. However, he added that Truckee does not normally take stances on federal legislation.

“Putting our town’s political stance on federal politics is not something we should take lightly,” said Council Member Jessica Abrams. “I acknowledge and appreciate that our community in general is very much aligned with the whole concept of greenhouse gas and carbon emission reduction.”

Hannah Jones is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at 530-550-2652 or hjones@sierrasun.com.