To the editor:

President Joe Biden’s proposal to upgrade our nation’s infrastructure, the American Jobs Plan, has a strong climate focus. The proposal aims to make our infrastructure more resilient to climate impacts, and it includes initiatives to reduce emissions in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

The President’s plan would provide not only funding for roads, bridges and transit systems, but also for sustainable housing and buildings, electric vehicles, and research and development for clean energy technology.

A 2020 report on managing climate risk by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission validates President Biden’s climate goals. This document details the threat that climate change poses to America’s energy, water, transportation and communication infrastructure. For example, it asserts that extreme precipitation, inundation from sea level rise, extreme heat and forest fires “challenge nearly every element of transportation systems, from bridges and airports to pipelines and ports.”

Regarding climate solutions, the report concludes that “it is essential that the United States establish a price on carbon...In the absence of such a price ... capital will continue to flow in the wrong direction, rather than toward accelerating the transition to a net-zero emissions economy.”

That’s why I’m encouraged that the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act has been introduced in the House of Representatives. This bill puts a steadily rising fee on carbon dioxide emissions and returns the money to the American people.

Let’s urge our members of Congress to take action to address this critical national security threat.

— Terry Hanson

Hales Corner, Wis.

(6) comments

Dale Failor

What did the Republicans do for infrastructure? Roads and bridges are falling apart before our eyes and Trump wanted to build a wall. Trump wanted to close national parks and keep coal alive. Open your eyes Sallie. The only green Trump thought about was money, not the environment.

Sallie Helmer

"According to the US Energy Information Administration, US CO2 emissions in 2019 were the lowest they have been since 1992. Per capita emissions were lower in 2019 than they’ve been at any time since at least 1950.'

Sallie Helmer

Biden isn't going to use the money to fix roads and bridges. In 2009-- his former boss Obama got millions for infrastructure and Democrats spent it on depleted Union pensions and other Democrat projects like Solyndra that was a failure that wasted tax payer dollars. Democrats are going to spend it on rebuilding Democrat controlled cities where they allowed the BLM and Antifa rioters to burn and loot businesses. All just to push their racist agenda to divide Americans. Marxism policies.

Adam Umbreit

Sallie, what old Republican folks have a hard time understanding is that all new cars will be electric within the next 10 years and that the entire world is changing over to more mass transit reducing the need for new concrete roads and more electric plugins. Folks will be working from home using our internet structure that needs massive restructuring, while new crews of well-educated workers will be installing renewable energies on every home. Your 1950’s idea of what 2020’s infrastructure looks like is completely different.

Solyndra is sort of what Republicans did with the Foxx Conn-job right here in Wisconsin Sallie. If you know anything about it, Solyndra was conjured up by private investors who blew up the stock and then claimed bankruptcy before the company even produced anything. Sort of like the Foxx Conn-Job effort Wisconsin Republicans were sold only to a foreign country. Yes it was a HUGE mistake but hopefully the checks and balances were put into place to prevent it again.

Sallie Helmer

Solyndra was given tax-payer funds. Fox-Conn was given tax breaks-- meaning Fox-Conn had to earn enough money before it could get tax breaks. A big difference.

Fox-Conn got cold feet after Democrat Tony Evers became Governor.

“Foxconn is under attack in our state because of our new governor,” GOP Rep. Sean Duffy declared.

"We don’t blame Foxconn for altering plans in an ever-changing technology business. It’s also not surprising Foxconn would rethink building a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin under the Evers Administration," Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said in a joint statement about the company's plans. (Molly Beck-Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-Published January 30, 2019)

“Though Woo told Reuters the company had concerns about the steep cost of making advanced TV screens in the United States, the Republican leaders said, "The Company is reacting to the wave of economic uncertainty" brought by Evers.”

Adam Umbreit

Sallie, the Conn-Job never had any intentions on producing anything. It has been proven that these companies used this as a campaign boost for Republicans specifically Doanld J. Trump and Scott Walker, both who got kicked out of politics for being Yuuge failures. You say that their efforts were based solely on tax breaks however, what about all of the local small townships and cities who took a huge risk and invested millions on this project? Sorry but this was not just “tax breaks” Sallie. What about all of the folks who were forced to sell their homes taking pennies on the dollars to make room for this fake company? A foreign country was sure able to purchase a ton of American property under this deal! Sorry, this deal was in place long before Evers was elected and this all falls on the Republican power-hungry legislature who counted their eggs before they were hatched. Unfortunately for the Wisconsin tax payer, they got screwed. Evers is looking out FOR the taxpayers of this state!

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