An Overview of Carbon Fee and Dividend:
- Place a steadily rising fee on the carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution from fossil fuels:
- Collect carbon fees (taxes) from the fossil fuel industry for the extraction and import of oil, gas, coal.
- Start the fee at $15/metric ton of CO2- equivalent emissions of fossil fuels, escalating by $10/metric ton each year.
- Return 100% of the net fees directly to households as a monthly dividend:
- Impose a border carbon adjustment (BCA) on commodity imports from countries that lack a meaningful carbon price. This levels the playing field between the US and trading partners:
- The BCA will (1) discourage US businesses from relocating where they can emit more CO2 and (2) motivate other countries to adopt similar carbon pricing policies.
- An Important Bill in Congress:
- HR2307 is the “Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act”.
- This bill will impose a fee on carbon extraction and give the revenue back to U.S. Citizens.
- HR 2307 currently has 95 Congressional Cosponsors and counting.
- Including our own Jared Huffman.
Our Next Monthly Chapter Meeting: September 10th at 9:00am
Each month we meet to discuss the current status of a climate change policies and specific steps we can take to encourage the reduction in CO2 emissions.
The Monthly National Call September 10th at 10:00am.
Each month, Citizens’ Climate Lobby members from all chapters gather locally for a monthly meeting where we educate ourselves by listening to a guest speaker.
The speaker for this month Dr. Hahrie Han, Johns Hopkins University
Our recent big win on climate legislation owes much to the grassroots organizing that CCL and others provided. More solutions will be needed to meet our climate goals — like a price on carbon! — which means more grassroots organizing.
Joining us this month is CCL Advisory Board member Hahrie Han, who specializes in the transformational process that empowers volunteers to be effective advocates. Dr. Han is a Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and the Inaugural Director of the SNF Agora Institute, which strengthens global democracy through powerful civic engagement and informed, inclusive dialogue.
She is the author of several books, her most recent being Prisms of the People: Power & Organizing in Twenty-First-Century America.
The Zoom link for the National Call: http://cclusa.org/meeting
If you missed the June CCL Conference, it is all available online:
June 2022 Conference Archives:
- June 2022 Virtual Conference YouTube Playlist (check description field of videos for additional links)
- June 2022 Virtual Conference Presentations (Google Drive)
For example, here is Senator Sheldon Whitehouse:
About Citizens’ Climate Lobby in a Short 2 Minute Video:
White Papers and Articles that can help you better understand Carbon Fee and Dividend:
Written testimony to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee following its March 23, 2022 hearing on Promoting American Energy Security by Facilitating Investments and Innovation in Climate Solutions.
“Prosperous Sweden, which first introduced carbon taxes in 1990, today emits only a third as much carbon dioxide per dollar of gross domestic product as the United States.”
“Three pending climate bills would achieve Biden’s bold climate targets, satisfy budget reconciliation criteria, and meet the all-important political criterion of achieving public support.”
“While a steadily rising fee on fossil fuel pollution helps deliver swift and meaningful environmental justice, the dividend delivers a remarkable measure of economic justice.”
“Here’s a way to manage both fossil fuel lobbying power and the economic impact of a rapid reduction in fossil fuel use: get the fossil fuel companies to PAY individuals to stop using their products.”
Locally Published Newspaper Opinions and Letters:
- S.F. Chronicle Opinion (Ray Welsh)
- Letter: Marin IJ:
Carbon fee works better than cap-and-trade February 26, 2022
Letter: Marin IJ: Cap-and-trade program failing to make difference February 24, 2022
- Marin Voice: An essential first step to reduce carbon pollution July 2020
Who Supports Carbon Fee and Dividend in Marin?
Marin organizations who have endorsed HR 2307, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act currently in Congress:
- Marin Board of Supervisors
- College of Marin Board of Trustees
- Canal Alliance
- MCE (Marin Clean Energy)
- Turning Green
- Indivisible Marin
- Mike’s Bikes
- Marin County Bicycle Coalition
- Good Earth Natural Foods
- KW Botanicals
- Crook Beales Design
- Simple Solar
- 42 members of the Progressive Caucus
- 14 members of the Congressional Black Caucus
- 13 members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
- 29 members of the Congressional Asian American Caucus
Support for this legislation continues to grow.
Take Action Right Now:
Join Citizens’ Climate Lobby to stay up-to-date on events and information regarding climate action. This is also a great way to connect with the community.
- Be sure to check out this page on the CCL Community website:
https://community.citizensclimate.org/new-volunteer. This is an excellent page to find out more about Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s focus, methods, and values.
- You can also sign up for an information session and learn more about Citizens’ Climate Lobby and how you can make a difference – it covers the basics about our approach and our preferred solution. Get your questions answered live!
- If you want to become more involved LOCALLY here in Marin, take this brief questionnaire that can provide areas where you can contribute and make of difference:
Contact Senator Dianne Feinstein here
Contact Senator Alex Padilla here
Contact our Representative Jared Huffman here
Learn about the Energy Innovation and Climate Dividend Act and what you can do TODAY to support this important House bill.