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Our farms, our children’s futures, and our fundamental freedoms rely on a stable climate. We ought to secure this national resource by taking on the climate threat.

However, I am a proponent of doing so in a sensible fashion. Our nation’s economists have just offered a clarion call on how to do precisely that.

Last month, 3,500+ economists from across the country united behind one, sensible, step-by-step American plan to reduce carbon pollution. The “Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends” is the largest statement of economists in American history, and features the largest number of Federal Reserve Chairs, Nobel Prize Winning Economists, and CEA (Council of Economic Advisors to the President) Chairs, ever. Never before has there been such expert consensus by the custodians of our nation’s prosperity.

On Friday, Hoosier students called marked attention to the problem, and now, we Hoosiers have the opportunity to follow the prescription of the custodians of our nation’s economic well-being.

Members of Congress Rep. Susan Brooks, Senator Mike Braun, and Senator Todd Young can and should lead the Republican Party and country toward smart, market-based climate solutions like carbon dividends. We ignore the experts at the peril of the American way of life.

George Gemelas, Westfield

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Editor

Marc Chase is a veteran investigative reporter, columnist and editor of more than two decades. He currently leads The Times news staff as local news editor. He can be reached at 219-933-3327.