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Earthjustice Statement on Sens. Whitehouse and Schatz Unveiling of the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act

WASHINGTON - Early this afternoon, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) unveiled the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act to reduce climate pollution by charging a fee for each ton of carbon emissions.

Statement from Martin Hayden, Earthjustice’s Vice President of Policy and Legislation:

“Sens. Whitehouse and Schatz have been steadfast leaders in the efforts to take meaningful action on climate, both administratively and legislatively. They have been instrumental in supporting and defending the President’s Clean Power Plan and the ongoing efforts to get this critical safeguard finalized and implemented.

The American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act will put a price tag on carbon pollution. Funds generated by any carbon fee must provide for climate justice, aid those most impacted by climate change and not subsidize pollution released into our air. We are grateful to have leaders in the Senate that are pursuing all options to stop climate change – the gravest challenge facing humanity.”




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