Congress can go big on climate THIS FALL.
But we need your help.
We know for sure climate legislation will be addressed in the upcoming budget reconciliation package this fall.
That means your members of Congress, right now, are deciding what to do about climate change. In a nutshell: They can go big or they can stay small.
It’s up to us to make sure our members of Congress know we want them to go big with a price on carbon! The more people who email the House and Senate in the next two weeks, the better.
What should I ask for when I email?
Ask your Senators and House Representative to put a price on carbon in this year’s budget reconciliation. They’ll know what you mean.
You can check out our FAQ below or watch the video below for more details about this request. We’ve also provided a full script for you to use in the tool.
How does carbon pricing work?
Need a little more information on a carbon fee and dividend? The video can help.
Basically, fossil fuel companies are taxed based on how much carbon they produce. To avoid paying the fee, these companies will work to switch to renewable, clean energy, reducing carbon pollution. And the best part is the money collected will go back into American’s pockets as a monthly dividend or “carbon cashback” that can be spent without restriction.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is this moment so important?
Democrats are signaling that they are focused on climate change right now. We want to reach them when we know they’ll be listening.
What should I say?
We’ve included a sample script in the tool above. Just let us know your district so we can find your members of Congress and we’ll let you know what to say to them. But remember, letters are always better when personalized! Feel free to ask for a price on carbon in your own words or tweak the script before sending.
Why do we need a price on carbon?
An economy-wide price on carbon will reduce America’s carbon pollution really fast. We need to price carbon if we want to hit the Biden Administration’s goal of 50% emissions reductions in the next decade. It has to be part of any serious climate solutions. Find out more about why to put a price on carbon.
What is budget reconciliation, anyway?
Budget reconciliation is a process where adjustments to spending and revenue can be made with 51 Senate votes instead of the full 60 votes. The rules of what can be included in a budget reconciliation are strict, and governed by a nonpartisan Senate parliamentarian.
What does a price on carbon have to do with budget reconciliation?
Democrats have already indicated that they plan to address climate change in this year’s budget reconciliation. Because a price on carbon meets the strict requirements of a budget reconciliation, Congress can and should include one.
Why do we need a Prefix to our name to email our Representative or Senator?
Members of Congress require a prefix for emails that are sent to their office. We acknowledge that the prefixes provided do not encompass all gender identities. Unfortunately it is Congress that sets these prefixes and so we are required to use the ones that are currently accepted by the majority of offices.
What else can I do?
Who is Citizens’ Climate Lobby?
Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan grassroots advocacy climate change organization that exists to create the political will for climate change solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power.
Our consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations.
CCL empowers everyday people to work with their community and their members of Congress. Our supporters cover the political spectrum and work in more than 450 local chapters. Together, we’re building support for a national bipartisan solution to climate change.