Ask your Representative to support the reintroduction of the Energy Innovation Act! 🎉
We still need a price on carbon in 2023
Even with the Inflation Reduction Act’s climate provisions, we need the policies in the Energy Innovation Act to hit our emissions reductions goals of 50% by 2030 and net zero by 2050. The good news: it’s likely to be reintroduced in Congress soon.
Ask your House Representative to co-sponsor the Energy Innovation Act when it is reintroduced.
With a price on carbon, polluters pay and people get a carbon cashback. It will:
- help low and middle income Americans afford an economy-wide transition to clean energy
- keep Americans healthier and living longer by reducing air pollution
- reduce America’s carbon pollution 50% by 2030—putting us on track to reach net zero by 2050
We need as many co-sponsors as possible to show support for a carbon fee and dividend in 2023. Will you write a quick email encouraging your House Representative to support it?
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 cash back’ payment so that everyone can afford the transition.
Learn how a carbon fee and dividend works:
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my Representative listen to me?
Yes! The idea that elected representatives don’t listen to their constituents is not true. 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.
Is this the same bill from 2021? (H.R. 2307)
Yes, as of now we expect the bill to be republished with zero or minimal changes from the 117th Congress, where it was known as H.R. 2307. The bill will be reintroduced with a new number, but will still be the same Energy Innovation Act.
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 Dividend: 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 reduce America’s carbon pollution 50% by 2030, putting us on track to reach
net zero by 2050.
- Affordable Clean Energy: With this policy, the government makes fossil fuels more expensive, and businesses compete to provide clean energy solutions. The resulting innovation will reduce our pollution fast and efficiently, leading to plenty of reliable and affordable clean energy for our modern lives.
- Saves Lives: This policy will improve health and save 4.5 million American lives over the next 50 years by reducing pollution in the air we breathe. Poor air quality is responsible for the deaths of as many as 1 in 10 Americans today, and sickens thousands more.
- Puts Money In Your Pocket: This policy is affordable for ordinary Americans because it puts money in your pocket. The money collected from the fee is given as a monthly dividend, or ‘carbon cash back’ payment, to every American to spend with no restrictions. Most low- and middle-income Americans will come out financially ahead or break even.
Find out more about why to put a price on carbon here.
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. Then, share this page with any friends, family and coworkers who want to help get a price on carbon in the U.S.!
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