Climate change is one of the greatest risks to our citizens' lives, health, and wages. Our nation's economy, infrastructure, food security and our National Security is endangered. If many are worried about how wars create refugees, imagine what will happen if coast-sea level rises around the world to a level, where millions upon millions of environmental refugees are forced to suddenly migrate. Environmental mass migrations are already happening around the world, but it's nothing compared to what will ensue.
We can address these problems, and therefore if we do not do it, it is because we have chosen not to.
Climate Change should be viewed as an opportunity for our country not only in terms of advanced innovation, but also to fight many social issues such as poverty and housing.
The Green New Deal is ambitious, and I am in full support. I call upon a Federal "Carbon Fee and Dividend" Plan. A carbon fee will be placed on carbon-based fuels at the source & on importers, where the fee will increase over time. Eventually clean energy will become cheaper than fossil fuels, incentivizing investors and entrepreneurs towards more cleaner energy technology.
2/3rd of the revenue realized from the fees on carbon would be evenly distributed to American households via a uniform lump-sump transfer in cash, with the other 1/3rd of the revenue transferred to firms that are especially affected, for public Green Spending (infrastructure, buildings, R&D, renewables) and for anti-poverty measures to fight poverty and housing issues in inner cities like Chicago.
We must also return to the Paris Agreement and be bound by it!