To the editor:

As we celebrate Father’s Day, I would like to pay tribute to my father-in-law, Richard Christian, who was born and raised in Northfield. He served in the U.S. Navy and for many years was a forward planning engineer for General Telephone in Illinois. He died several years ago.

He was also a forward thinker about the world and the environment. It was his idea that everyone should receive an allotment of BTUs (units of energy) every year to use as they saw fit. When they had used up their allotment, they would just have to make do. It was an idea designed to conserve the use of energy.

He was conservative, and I think he would like even more the market approach of H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which has been introduced in the U.S. Congress. It puts a price on carbon and provides a monthly dividend to each household. Dick would have liked that it would not grow the government. H.R. 763 is an efficient way to reduce the carbon emissions into our atmosphere. It is a key tool in combating global warming. It is good for people and their health, and will help the economy by growing jobs. Rep. Angie Craig is a co-sponsor of this bill.

I learned a great deal from my father-in-law. I am blessed to have had him as part of my life.

Best wishes to all the fathers,

Howard White

Co-group leader of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Northfield

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