04/26/2010 by James Handley
Earth Day weekend’s headlines set the stage: “Sen. Graham Walks Away from Climate and Energy Bill” and “Climate consensus collapses in Senate.”
Speaking at the Earth Day rally, Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica called for everyone to “use less stuff,” looked to a future beyond fossil fuels and urged Congress to “get serious” about climate. In turn, Dr. Hansen pointed to our “false economy of cheap fossil fuels” and proposed a “People’s Climate Stewardship Act” — a steadily-rising carbon fee with revenue returned to Americans. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) spoke immediately following Dr. Hansen. Afterwards, Dr. Hansen and I congratulated Van Hollen for his “dividend” proposal to return carbon revenue to Americans. Van Hollen thanked Dr. Hansen and agreed: a price on carbon is essential; a fee with revenue return is the “cleanest” way. He said, “I will work with you” and encouraged us to continue educating the public and pressing for bipartisan support.
Here’s Dr. Hansen’s report: Earth Day on the Mall.