October letter action: REMI carbon fee study

Ask members of Congress to look at REMI study on carbon fee

Scott NystromIn meeting after meeting with congressional, whether Democrat or Republican, CCL is generating much interest in the study we released in June from Regional Economic Models, Inc. The REMI study found that CCL’s proposal for a carbon fee that returns revenue to households would cut carbon emissions in half within 20 years while adding 2.8 million jobs to the economy.

We need to make sure, however, that members of Congress are getting briefed on the REMI study by their aides. In addition, there will be briefings on the REMI study in the House and Senate, led by REMI’s Scott Nystrom (shown left), and we need to get as many congressional offices attending as possible.

Outline for letter

  • Introduce yourself and share something personal about who you are.
  • Thank the MoC and their staff for anything they may have done recently that you think they should be acknowledged for.
  • Ask if they have seen the REMI study about the impact of a revenue-neutral carbon fee, and tell them you hope they’ll have a chance to review it.
  • Mention that there will be a briefing on the study — Nov. 19 in the Senate, Nov. 20 in the House — and that you hope someone from their office can attend.
  • Ask for a reply.

Points you can bring up (use no more than two)

  • Contrary to most assumptions, we can put a price on carbon that reduces emissions, provided it’s done the right way.
  • According to a study from Regional Economic Models, Inc., we can place a steadily-rising fee on the CO2 content of fuels, and if we give the revenue back to households in equal shares, two things happen: 1) Carbon emissions are reduced by 50 percent in 20 years and 2) there will be 2.8 million jobs added to the U.S. economy.
  • A briefing on the REMI study will be held in the Senate at 10 a.m. on Nov. 19 in the Small Business Committee hearing room. Can someone from your office attend?
  • A briefing on the REMI study will be held in the House on Nov. 20 in a room and time to be determined. Rep. John Larson is hosting, and his office can provide further details. Can someone from your office attend?
  • According to the REMI study, after 10 years, 13,000 lives would be saved annually because of reduced air pollution.
  • Many conservatives, such as former Secretary of State George Shultz, favor a revenue-neutral carbon fee to address climate change.


You can find the district mailing addresses by looking up your representatives and senators on congressional Web sites.

You can also send letters to Washington offices at these addresses:

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510