The City of Whitefish endorses national climate legislation, Energy Innovation Act

May 17, 2021 –The City of Whitefish Montana has endorsed a major piece of national climate legislation under consideration in Congress: the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 2307). 

“I think it’s important to support any climate action at this time. I appreciate the citizens bringing this forward. This is an emergency so if a resolution will help I’m happy to do it,” said city council member Rebecca Norton.

The Energy Innovation Act will drive down America’s carbon pollution 30% in the first five years and get us to net-zero emissions by 2050. As it does so, it will also save lives by reducing the pollution that Americans breathe, and it will put money into Americans’ pockets with a monthly carbon dividend or “carbon cash back.” So far, 56 members of Congress have signed on in support of this legislation.

The City of Whitefish joins more than 2,000 other organizations and prominent individuals who support this major climate legislation. Here in Montana, this legislation has also been endorsed by Montana Trout Unlimited, the Montana Ski Area Association, three resident World and Olympic athletes, as well as contractors and architectural firms Wood Roots Construction, Loci Architecture + Design, and Hone Architects and Builders. Organizations such as the Environmental Defense Fund, World Resources Institute, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Alliance for Market Solutions and more have weighed in with supportive comments, too. 

Members of the Flathead Valley chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) helped educate The City of Whitefish about the bill and encouraged them to support it. 

“I am proud to see my hometown continue to take action on climate change,” said Robin Paone, volunteer leader of the Flathead Valley CCL chapter. “We hope this support will encourage Representative Rosendale and Senators Daines and Tester to formally support the legislation in Congress.”

“Here in the Flathead, we’re already feeling the impact of climate change. Our native fish are struggling because of higher river temperatures, wildfires are larger and more prevalent affecting our health and limiting outdoor activities, and climbing snow lines are affecting cross-country skiing,” said Melissa Hartman, local resident and former city council member in Whitefish. “We’re ready for Congress to put a price on carbon pollution, and so is The City of Whitefish.”

During the online meeting, council member Andy Feury’s attention-seeking cat paraded across his screen several times. While the vote was being taken city clerk Michelle Howke asked if his pet would like to vote too. The councilman replied while holding up the cat to the screen “He votes in favor!” which gave everyone a chuckle. It was a unanimous vote with six in favor (seven if you include the cat) and none opposed.

CONTACT: Robin Paone, mtflatheadvalley@citizensclimatelobby.org

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