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The Energy Innovation Act – Let’s Get Loud, Take Action!

Ask your Representative to support the Energy Innovation Act! 🎉

Polluters pay. People get a carbon cashback.

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R.5744) charges corporate polluters a fee for the carbon pollution they put into our air, then gives that money to Americans. And it’s back on the table in Congress 🙌

Ask your House Representative to support the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R.5744).

The Energy Innovation Act will:


  • push us toward our goal of net zero emissions by 2050 🎯
  • drive energy innovation, giving every American community access to affordable clean energy ⚡️
  • help low and middle income Americans afford this transition with a carbon cashback 🤝
  • keep Americans healthier and living longer by reducing air pollution ❤️️

Requests for cosponsorship help build support for a carbon fee and dividend among offices on both sides of the aisle. Will you write a quick email asking your House Representative for their support?

What is the Energy Innovation Act?

A carbon price is the single most powerful tool available to reduce America’s carbon pollution. The Energy Innovation Act puts a fee on carbon pollution, creating a level playing field for clean energy. The money collected from fossil fuel companies goes to Americans in the form of a monthly “carbon cashback” payment so that everyone can afford the transition.

Learn how a carbon fee and dividend works:

Frequently (and infrequently) asked questions 👇

Do we still need the Energy Innovation Act if we have the Inflation Reduction Act (2022)?

Yes! The Inflation Reduction Act put us on the right track toward our goal of net zero emissions by 2050, but it didn’t quite get us all the way there. If you’re into metaphors, think of it like this: The Inflation Reduction Act put the ball within striking distance, but further climate policies like permitting reform and carbon pricing will score the goal.


What does the Energy Innovation Act do?

There are three major components to this bill:


1. Carbon Fee: This policy puts a fee on fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas. It starts low, and grows over time 📈


2. Carbon Cashback: The money collected from the carbon fee is allocated in equal shares every month to the American people to spend as they see fit 🤝


3. Border Carbon Adjustment: To protect U.S. manufacturers and jobs, imported goods will pay a border carbon adjustment, and goods exported from the United States will receive a refund under this policy 🌎


Why do we need the Energy Innovation Act?

There are several benefits that will come with passing the Energy Innovation Act:


  • Net Zero by 2050: This policy will deploy the single most powerful tool we have to drive down America’s carbon pollution and ensure a healthy climate. It will reduce America’s carbon pollution 50% by 2030, putting us on track to reach net zero by 2050.
  • Affordable Clean Energy: Americans shouldn’t have to live with the price shocks and rising energy prices associated with fossil fuels. This policy will drive energy innovation, giving every American community access to abundant, affordable clean energy produced right here at home.
  • Puts Money In Your Pocket: The money collected from the corporate polluter fee goes directly into the pockets of millions of hard-working families via a monthly carbon cashback payment. The money can be spent without restrictions, and most low and middle income Americans will come out financially ahead or break even.
  • Saves Lives: This policy will help improve health and save millions of American lives over the next 50 years by reducing pollution Americans breathe. Poor air quality from burning fossil fuels is responsible for as many as 1 in 10 American deaths today, and sickens thousands more.

Find out more about why to put a price on carbon here.


Will my Representative listen to me?

Yes! The idea that elected representatives don’t listen to their constituents is not true. Or at least, it’s highly unusual. In reality, congressional staffers take every call and voicemail and read every email their office receives and pass these onto their member of Congress in regular briefings. Congress works for you, and they want to know what their constituents care about. You may receive a generic email in response, but your message was still received loud and clear. And when you’re combining your voice with thousands of other CCLers across the nation, they tend to perk up even more.


Why do we need a prefix to our name to email Congress?

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.


How else can I help?

You only need to email once yourself. If you’re a CCL member, your action will be automatically logged in the Action Tracker.
Then, share this page with any friends, family and coworkers who want to help get a price on carbon in the U.S.!

Who is Citizens’ Climate Lobby?

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