Your elected officials need to hear your voice right now.
Email the President
Oil is the lifeblood of Putin’s regime. Contact the White House to tell the President you’ll have his back when we switch to clean energy, so that we never have to fund the whims of a dictator again.
Email your Senators
Oil dependence helps Putin and is hurting Ukranians and Americans. Clean energy enriches Ukrainians and Americans. Ask your Senators to go green to stop helping the wrong people, and start helping the right ones.
Email the House
The Russian oil ban is a start. But switching to clean energy is a permanent Russian oil ban that cleans our air and protects Americans from wild price swings. Ask your Representative to make the switch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is this moment so important?
Our reliance on oil is harming the health and security of people around the world. Putin’s aggression in Ukraine is heavily enabled by Russia’s global supply of oil and natural gas. At the same time, prices in America have risen at the pump and to heat our homes. There is high pressure on Congress right now to double down on fossil fuel investments, increasing our dependence on fossil fuels right when we need to be moving away from them. So, one of the most important things any American can do to help Ukraine is to commit to clean energy and to let their elected officials know that we stand with Ukraine.
What policies can Congress pass to speed up a transition to affordable clean energy?
The budget reconciliation bill (called Build Back Better) that the House of Representatives passed in 2021 includes tax credits and other legislation that will speed up a transition to affordable clean energy. The Senate has not yet passed its own version of the budget reconciliation bill, but has the opportunity to do so in 2022. The Senate should include all the climate provisions in the House bill, and add an economy-wide price on carbon, which would speed up the transition to clean energy.
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.
Is Build Back Better the same thing as budget reconciliation?
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. Build Back Better is the name of the bill that the House passed through budget reconciliation. It will be renegotiated and renamed in the Senate.
How is President Biden involved in budget reconciliation?
Budget reconciliation happens in Congress. President Biden is working closely with Congress, particularly the Senate, to determine what will be included. Because the Senate has 51 Democratic votes including Vice President Harris, every Democratic Senator must support the budget reconciliation legislation if it is to pass.
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.