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SUPPORT FOR CARBON FEE/DIVIDEND POLICY

In its 95-year history, the League of Women Voters of the United States has demonstrated its belief that responsible citizens should educate themselves and participate in public decision-making.

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that natural resources should be managed as interrelated parts of life-supporting ecosystems. Resources should be conserved and protected to assure their future availability. Pollution of these resources should be controlled in order to preserve the physical, chemical and biological integrity of ecosystems and to protect public health.

Therefore, the LWV of Muncie-Delaware County, through six months of study and working from long-standing LWVUS positions on Natural Resources and Resource Management, supports the non-partisan Citizens Climate Lobby carbon tax policy proposal.

The Environmental Subcommittee on Carbon Fee/Dividend Policy studied available materials on proposed carbon fee policies that would reduce CO2 emissions. Materials were also presented in two general membership meetings. Based on the Subcommittee's study and League Positions on Natural Resources and Resource Management, the Subcommittee voted unanimously on February 4, 2017, to recommend that the LWV of Muncie-Delaware County support the non-partisan Citizens Climate Lobby carbon tax policy proposal. The Leadership Team voted unanimously on February 14, 2017, to accept that recommendation.

We fully understand that this support is the beginning of a long and complicated effort to reduce CO2 emissions and thereby retard if not reverse the most onerous consequences of global warming. It is our position that the recommended policy is fully within the LWVUS public policy positions on resource management and environmental protection. Climate is a vital environmental resource, and excessive CO2 emissions impact negatively on the earth's ecosystems and public health.

This support is not an endorsement of specific legislation but of the CCL recommended policy for reducing CO2 emissions. Future action on this project will focus on education, outreach, and advocacy.