It’s crunch time for climate action.
Let’s get loud.
President Biden and Congress are negotiating to determine which climate solutions will be included in the budget reconciliation bill. CCL’s preferred climate solution — carbon fee and dividend — is in the mix. But, we need your help to make sure it’s included. Will you contact Congress and President Biden to let them know we need strong climate policy to meet the goal of 50% emissions reductions by 2030?
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Call your Senators
The Senate is actively discussing a price on carbon. Encourage them to include it in budget reconciliation.
Call your Representative
The House of Representatives hasn’t yet committed to supporting a price on carbon. Let them know it’s critical piece of meeting our emissions reductions goals.
Email President Biden
President Biden set a goal to reduce emissions 50% by 2030. Tell him he can still hit it with a price on carbon.
How does carbon pricing work?
Need a little more information on carbon pricing? 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. Ideally, the Senate will also include provisions that the money collected will go back into American’s pockets as a monthly dividend or “carbon cashback” that can be spent without restriction.
Who supports a price on carbon?
Economists, scientists, businesses, members of Congress, and state and local officials all support a price on carbon as an effective way to reduce emissions. And, most importantly, everyday Americans across the country support a carbon price as a way to stabilize the climate and protect our future.
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 the President and the Senate when we know they’ll be listening.
What should I say?
We’ve included a sample script in the email tool. But remember, emails are always better when personalized! Feel free to ask for a price on carbon in your own words or tweak the script before sending.
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.
An economy-wide price on carbon will reduce America’s carbon pollution fast and hit the Biden Administration’s goal of 50% emissions reductions in the next decade. It has to be part of any serious climate solution. Learn more about why we should put a price on carbon.
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.
Why do we need a Prefix to our name to email the Senate?
Members of Congress require a prefix for emails that are sent to their offices. We acknowledge that the prefixes provided do not encompass all gender identities. Unfortunately it is Congress that sets these prefixes. 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.