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Mothers Day

This Mothers’ Day, consider the ultimate gift. Mothers strive to give their children the best lives possible with their nurturing and protection. Mothers work to provide healthy foods, a safe environment, an educational jump-start and make huge financial investments in their offspring.

Most moms want the best for their children. Yet some things are beyond our immediate control. A mother’s body will starve herself and deplete her own iron supplies to give such nutrients to her fetus. Yet 16,000 babies in the U.S. are born prematurely every year due to air pollution. And when pregnant mothers are exposed to air pollution, their babies are more likely to develop autism, schizophrenia, obesity.

Children exposed to air pollution are more likely to develop asthma and heart disease, even with the best of parenting.

To help protect our future generations, we can transition to clean, non-polluting energy sources. One market-based method that will help is Carbon Fee and Dividend — charging companies a fee to pollute the air that harms our health. All the net revenues from the fees are returned equally to every U.S. citizen as a gradually rising dividend in monthly checks/direct deposits. Doing so actually grows the economy and jobs, and parental employment is also vital to child development.

This Mothers’ Day, please write/call Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester and Rep. Greg Gianforte to support carbon pricing. For our mothers, our children, our future.

Lori Byron, MD, FAAP