Members of Congress know it’s their job to represent their constituents — the people who live in their district or state. In order for our members of Congress to represent us well, we have to tell them the issues we care about and what we want them to do.
The best way to communicate these messages is with a personal letter or email to your representative. Let’s explore how to do that.
How to Write a Letter to a Representative
Here at Citizens’ Climate Lobby, our volunteers are regularly telling members of Congress that climate change is a major problem that should be given top priority. We also let them know that carbon pricing is a climate solution with bipartisan appeal and quick impact on America’s greenhouse gas emissions.
It’s not hard to write a compelling letter to your member of Congress that will help move them forward on climate policy. Here’s a basic outline:
- Introduce yourself, sharing something personal: “I’m a constituent and a voter,” or “I live in [city] with my family”
- Share your concern about climate change and why the issue of climate change is important to you: “Climate is a priority issue for me because…”
- Make your Ask. This could be as specific as asking them to cosponsor or vote for a certain piece of legislation, like the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, or as general as asking them to prioritize climate change and support a price on carbon.
- Conclude your letter.
Here are a few talking points about a price on carbon that might be helpful to use when you write a letter to Congress:
- A strong, economy-wide price on carbon could reduce America’s carbon pollution by 50% by 2030, putting us on track to reach net zero by 2050. This blog provides extensive details.
- Businesses will respond to a price on carbon by becoming more energy-efficient and innovating new technologies, which will lead to abundant, affordable, and reliable clean energy.
- Carbon pricing policies can include a regular “carbon cash back” payment to Americans. This protects low- and middle-income households financially as America transitions to a clean-energy economy.
- A carbon price will save 4.5 million American lives over the next 50 years by restoring clean air across the country.
- A carbon fee will incentivize innovation by America’s businesses, creating millions of new jobs that will transform our economy and put Americans back to work.
Find more information to include in your letter, as well as sources for the information, see our price on carbon page here.
Remember that it’s best to keep your letter to one page, and that handwritten letters make the ultimate impact!
Want to do more? We’re always looking for volunteers to help move Congress toward supporting climate policies that will get us to net zero emissions by 2050.
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