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Calling all cosponsors for the PROVE IT Act! đź—Ł

After Senate committee passage, let’s keep this bill moving forward

The bipartisan PROVE IT Act (S.1863) has been passed by its Senate committee and is ready for the next steps. Let’s get even more members of Congress on board to help this bill advance!

Tell your members of Congress to cosponsor it because it:


  • Measures the carbon intensity of certain goods
  • Helps America negotiate effectively with trading partners
  • Builds on bipartisan momentum to act on global carbon pollution

Trading partners like the EU and UK are already implementing their own carbon tariffs. America needs to know the carbon intensity of our own products and manufactured goods, so that we can negotiate accurately.


Take action now by writing a quick email to your members of Congress asking them to cosponsor. (If your Senator has already signed on as a cosponsor, you will be prompted with a thank you message instead!)

What is the PROVE IT Act?

It would require the Department of Energy (DOE) to study and compare the carbon emissions of products that are produced in the United States vs. other countries. Within two years, the DOE will publish a study comparing the carbon output of U.S. goods, like aluminum, cement, crude oil, fertilizer, iron, steel and plastic, to goods made elsewhere.


Getting this information organized into a database is critical to enable America to negotiate effectively with trading partners who have carbon border adjustment mechanisms (CBAMs) in place. 


It has been introduced by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) as S.1863 and passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in January 2024. We hope it will be introduced in the House soon. Let’s encourage more members of Congress to sign on as cosponsors to keep this bill moving forward!


Here’s a quick rundown of the PROVE IT Act:

Frequently Asked Questions

Wait–are there two PROVE IT Acts?

Yes! Weird coincidence, right? There is another PROVE IT Act that has been introduced in the Senate under bill number S.B. 1411. That one is about increasing transparency for federal regulations that impact small businesses. But we’re talking about S.B. 1863, introduced by Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), which has to do with measuring the carbon output of manufactured goods. 


Why do we need the PROVE IT Act?

Right now, only 23% of global greenhouse gas emissions are covered by some kind of carbon price. But increasingly, countries are turning to measures like carbon tariffs as an effective tool to encourage other nations to reduce global emissions. 


For example, the European Union — the largest foreign market available to U.S. producers — is in the measurement phase of its own carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) policy. In the coming years, they will impose tariffs on imports based on its existing carbon price. 


It is important that American industry has accurate data about the carbon intensity of our own products and manufactured goods, so we can negotiate effectively with the E.U. and other trading partners. And good news — the carbon intensity of many U.S. industry products is among the lowest in the world.


What is a CBAM?

A carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) is an extra charge, on carbon-heavy goods that are imported through a country’s borders. CBAMs basically put a price on carbon for goods produced outside the country, which is an effective way to lower carbon emissions globally. 


The country that produced the carbon-intensive product must pay a fee based on the amount of carbon created by making the product. In order to avoid high CBAM fees, countries will lower the carbon output of their products by shifting to cleaner processes. CBAMs do not penalize countries with high-carbon products. Instead, they provide an incentive to switch to cleaner processes, helping economies stay strong. Learn more about CBAMs and why they matter.


Does this bill create a CBAM in the U.S.?

No, the PROVE IT Act does not put a CBAM in place. It only creates a system for carbon intensity data collection and reporting.


Will my members of Congress 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.


How else can I help?

You only need to email your members of Congress once yourself. Then, share this page with any friends, family and coworkers who want to help support this important legislation!


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