Dr James Hansen: Student leadership on climate solutions (Students for Carbon Dividends)

  • Published on August 3rd, 2020

A stunning and heartening message appeared in my e-mails last week, which I share in hopes that it will encourage you as much as it did me.  Look at this (https://www.s4cd.org/statement) and scroll down to see our impressive future leaders.

Students for Carbon Dividends organizes student government leaders

By Dr James Hansen

The e-mail, from Alex Posner, founder of the group, Students for Carbon Dividends (S4CD) included:

Today, after months of organizing, the student climate group I lead (Students for Carbon Dividends) has unveiled the “Students Government Leaders’ Statement on Carbon Dividends,” the largest declaration of student body presidents in US history.

The bipartisan statement, which is inspired by last year’s Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends, includes 350+ college student government presidents from all 50 states. Collectively, the signers represent over 4 million students from campuses across the country–ranging from Stanford and MIT to Mississippi State and the University of Michigan….

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We must help the United States Congress to recognize the wisdom these young people express.  Politicians must resist the temptations of a new revenue source.  The public will allow the carbon fee to rise to a level that moves us to clean energies only if the money goes directly to the public.

This approach is optimum for social justice.  Low-income and most middle-income people make money with Fee & Dividend; wealthy people lose because of their large carbon footprint.

Carbon pricing works: the largest-ever study puts it beyond doubt

Economic studies show that putting 100 percent of the funds immediately into the hands of the public spurs the economy, creates millions of jobs, increases GNP and government revenue – just what is needed to provide a basis for progressive policies.

The students are following the science!  The science – climate, energy, economics – is clear.  The fastest route to a global solution is a simple, honest, domestic carbon fee with border duties on products from countries without an equivalent fee.


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About the Author

Dr. James Hansen directs the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. The Guardian calls him "The Father of Climate Science" - his 1988 Congressional testimony on climate change helped raise broad awareness of global warming. He is often in the news advocating for a price on carbon and other forms of climate action, divesting from fossil fuels, and helping his grandchildren sue the government over their future. He is the author of "Storms of my Grandchildren".

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