By Dustin Ensinger
Despite living in one of the most politically conservative counties in the state, a group of about a dozen Delaware County residents have banded together to try and combat climate change.
The group has formed a local chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a carbon tax.
“The purpose of the group is to promote a tax on carbon at the source and return that in the form of a dividend to households,” said Alice Frazier, one of the co-leaders of the group. “This is a reasonable and more practical thing to do rather than cap and trade.”
The dividends would be paid to citizens in the form of a check, which Frazier believes makes the plan more palpable to American citizens.
The group, as its name indicates, lobbies lawmakers to take action on the issue.
“If they would step up and be the leaders in this, then maybe the public would become more convinced,” said Frazier.
But Frazier acknowledges the limitation of lobbying Republicans lawmakers, many of whom deny the existence of man-made climate change despite overwhelming evidence. Still, she said, the group believes they must at least try to influence a change in policy.
“It’s an uphill battle,” she said. “The feeling of the group is that we have to do something. We can’t just sit by and watch this happen. We feel we have a very important mission.”
The group meets at 12:45 p.m. the first Saturday of each month at the Delaware County Library District’s main location at 84 E. Winter St. in downtown Delaware.
Dustin Ensinger can be reached at 740-413-0902 or on Twitter @EnsingerDG.