Latest Research from National Council of Travel Agents Shows Industry Backing Bill Aimed at Cutting Carbon Emissions
HOUSTON – Today the Conference of State Legislatures endorsed U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley’s (D-OR) recently introduced Carbon Fee and Dividend bill as the first major step taken in Congress to address climate change.
In July, the Senate passed, 51-49, a similar measure offered by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV). The conference of state legislators also awarded unanimous recognition to Senators Manchin and Merkley as the first Congressmen to introduce legislation in support of a carbon fee and dividend system.
“The U.S. Travel Association enthusiastically supports the recently introduced Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation, which finally gives policymakers the option to price carbon pollution and to direct revenues to American families, small businesses and communities,” said Roger Dow, USTA President and CEO. “By eliminating the burden of existing oil and coal production subsidies in the U.S., the Carbon Fee and Dividend bill will not only create a new energy source, but it will also make it less expensive to travel in the United States.”
As Senators Manchin and Merkley’s Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation illustrates, environmental cost barriers are disappearing, thanks to a vibrant marketplace for solutions.
“Fuel surcharges have led consumers to respond by cutting back on air travel in favor of more comfortable domestic airliners,” Dow added. “Since then, industry leaders have launched successful solutions on both air travel and marine travel. These developments have been tested by travelers across the country and have proven that these solutions work for both air travel and marine travel.”
Further detailed analysis of how the Carbon Fee and Dividend program would contribute to emissions reduction and family savings can be found here.
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