CCL volunteers had many productive meetings in Washington last month. In order to keep the momentum going and to help secure face-to-face meetings in districts during the August recess, it is important to generate letters of support from as many constituents as possible.
Outline for letter:
- Introduce yourself and share something personal about who you are.
- Thank the Senator/Representative for his or her office meeting with CCL in June.
- Say why you think it’s important to address global warming.
- Ask them to support a fee on carbon that gives revenue back to households and mention the REMI study (see below).
- Ask for a reply.
Points you can bring up (use no more than two):
- President Obama has started the clock running on EPA regulations to reduce emissions at U.S. power plants. If Republicans don’t want new government rules, a revenue-neutral carbon tax provides a market-based alternative to regulation.
- A 20-year forecast from Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) found that a carbon fee rising $10 per ton each year would add 2.8 million jobs to the economy while cutting greenhouse gas emission 52 percent below 1990 levels.
- By including border tariffs, we can discourage American companies from shipping carbon emissions overseas. This keeps jobs and business here, and provides a strong incentive for other nations like China and India to price carbon.
- It is no longer true that we must choose between the environment and the economy; the REMI study shows we can cut carbon emissions and improve our economy at the same time through a carbon tax that gives revenue back to households.
- In late June, a bipartisan coalition released the Risky Business report detailing the huge economic impact of unchecked global warming, with crop yields in the Midwest falling 70 percent and billions of dollars worth of coastal property going under water.
- Two former Republican Treasury secretaries – Hank Paulson and George Shultz – have called for a carbon tax.
Rep. NAME HERE
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Sen. NAME HERE
Washington, DC 20510