I want to publicly thank Congressman Dan Newhouse for working with a Democrat on the bipartisan legislation, H.R. 3144, which would prevent the breaching of dams without an act of Congress. I know breaching lower Snake River dams is controversial because of the conflicting benefits and adverse impacts of the dams. While I have mixed feelings on the legislation itself, I appreciate his willingness to work with Democrats on a complex issue.
I would love to see him take a similar approach to address climate change. If he would join the Climate Solutions Caucus, comprised of equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives, now with 70 members, he could have a seat at the table to discuss climate solutions that work for the residents of his congressional district.
A national revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend could reduce the carbon emissions driving the warming that threatens the mountain snowpack our farmers rely on for irrigation, and would produce immediate economic benefits because our district produces so much of its electricity from hydro, nuclear, wind and solar. The new Farm Bill could compensate farmers for sequestering carbon in their soil and reducing methane emissions.
Congressman Newhouse, let’s work together.
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Steve Ghan, Richland