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OP-ED, AUG. 22, 2014

How to address climate change and create jobs

REMI found that CCL’s proposal would increase national employment by 2.1 million jobs in 10 years and 2.8 million jobs in 20 years, GDP would increase between $70 billion and $80 billion per year and CO2 emissions would drop by 33 percent in 10 years and 50 percent in 20 years… Adopting a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend makes economic sense regardless of climate change. Given the substantial risks posed by climate change, it is reckless to do nothing when the most economically sound solution has no costs and will create jobs and grow the economy.


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OP-ED, AUG. 22, 2014

Major fossil fuel companies see need for climate action

For several years Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) has advocated this [carbon fee and dividend] policy. CCL commissioned Regional Economic Modeling, Inc., a highly reputed economic policy forecasting company, to assess the impacts of such a policy. The results are attention grabbing. With $10 added yearly to a carbon fee and 100 percent rebated to households, by the 20th year there would be 2.8 million new jobs, $1.3 trillion boost to GDP, a quarter million lives extended (cleaner air), and 52 percent reduction in carbon dioxide. Who can’t like an approach where economy and environment both win? The big question is: Will this be enough to make Congress finally act?


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Op-ed, July 9, 2014

Carbon tax is practical, job-creating solution

The main takeaway from the nonpartisan REMI report: A tax on carbon that returns the funds to households will create millions of jobs. This works because the jobs that are produced by increased household income and spending far outpace losses in low-labor sectors such as mining. I do not advocate a fee-and-dividend carbon tax because I love taxes; I do so because it is the most effective way to address a problem that is quickly spiraling past the point of no return.



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Op-ed, July 10, 2014

EPA rules boost economy

As with carbon regulations, prophecies of economic disaster surround the pricing of carbon: It’s a job killer! A new study from Regional Economic Models Inc., however, turns that specious assumption on its head. The study looked at a steadily increasing tax on carbon — $10 per ton of CO2, rising $10 a ton each year. By returning all of the revenue from that tax to households in equal shares, it provided an economic stimulus that added 2.1 million jobs in the first 10 years… Want to avoid more regulation? Embrace the market-based approach of a carbon tax that gives revenue back to households.


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Op-ed, July 7, 2014

A breakthrough is within 
reach on climate policy

In June, Regional Economic Modeling, Inc. (REMI) — a well-respected, nonpartisan research firm with a 35-year track record and clients ranging from defense contractors to 47 state governments — released the results of their national model of carbon fee and dividend. Surprise! As a purely fiscal policy, without consideration of its environmental benefits, the approach proposed by CCL will deliver a net economic benefit, growing GDP by 1 percent and adding 2-3 million jobs above the “do-nothing” baseline in the next 20 years.


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Op-ed, July 3, 2014

Nation needs carbon fee and dividend plan

A new study by Regional Economics Modeling Inc. (REMI) concluded that a Revenue-neutral Carbon Fee and Dividend would create over 2 million jobs while reducing total emissions by 33 percent in the first 10 years alone… President Obama himself has said he would prefer a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change. This is it, and it’s now been backed by a solid economic study done by a reputable analyst.


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Op-ed, July 3, 2014

Changing the conversation on climate

A recent study commissioned by Citizens Climate Lobby by the firm Regional Economic Models Inc. (REMI) finds that there would actually be an increase in employment with a steadily-increasing carbon tax — 2.1 million jobs created in the first 10 years and 2.8 million jobs after 20 years. The study also estimates 13,000 lives would be saved annually, with 227,000 American lives saved over 20 years due to reductions in air pollution. CO2 emissions would decline 33 percent over the first 10 years and by 52 percent over 20 years.


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Op-ed, July 3, 2014

Carbon tax will cut pollution, add jobs

Over the course of four days, groups of our members visited nearly every Senate and House member’s office to speak with elected officials or their staff about the proposal. We explained the plan: Institute a steadily rising fee on carbon, with revenue returned to households, and a border adjustment as needed. And we left information from the tax analysis that predicts a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of 52 percent while adding 2.8 million jobs to the economy after 20 years.



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Editorial: June 30, 2014

Climate costs

Gainesville members of the Citizens Climate Lobby last week visited Capitol Hill as part of a contingent pushing for a carbon tax. Their proposal would be for a steadily-rising fee on carbon where all the revenue is returned to households. A new study commissioned by the group found that such a carbon tax would reduce greenhouse gas emissions 52 percent over 20 years while adding 2.8 million jobs to the economy.


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Op-Ed: July 1, 2014

Citizens’ Climate Lobby: Republicans’
call for a carbon tax is validated

Many economists across the political spectrum endorse carbon taxes, which allow consumers and businesses to decide through the free market which energy sources will be developed. The REMI study is consistent with other research showing that a revenue-neutral carbon tax promotes economic growth and generates jobs.


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Op-Ed, June 27, 2014

Making the people’s case for effective climate legislation

According to the REMI report released this month, [a revenue-neutral carbon tax] will expand our regional and national economy, while also reducing health care costs and premature deaths, more dramatically in our region and the rest of the upper Plains states than anywhere else in the country.



Blog, June 23, 2014

Why A National Carbon Tax
Would Be Amazing — In Four Charts

Overall, CCL’s report shows a carbon tax plus a fee and dividend system is beneficial to an amazingly wide swathe of America. It would not only cut carbon dioxide emissions far more than politicians are currently contemplating — it would do so while making America’s workers better off… And with the ongoing political and legal fight over the Environmental Protection Agency’s new carbon emission rules for power plants, a carbon tax could serve as a bipartisan alternative.


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Editorial, June 19, 2014, Madison, Wisc.

Congress should listen to Citizens Climate Lobby

REMI was asked to study the effects of a CCL initiative to get Congress to enact a steadily rising national tax on carbon that returns revenue in equal shares to all U.S. households… That extra money in the economy, the study found, would generate 2.2 million more jobs by 2025 and more importantly, a projected 33 percent decline in carbon emissions that would save 13,000 lives annually.If the Republicans want an alternative to the new EPA guidelines announced by President Obama earlier in June, this could be a plan that would work — and work well.


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Blog: June 13th, 2014

In charts: how a revenue neutral carbon
tax creates jobs, grows the economy

The REMI report illustrates that we could go a long way towards solving the climate threat by implementing a bipartisan revenue-neutral carbon tax. In the process, most regions would experience job growth, economic growth, more disposable income, cleaner air, better public health, and a less risky climate for future generations.



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Editorial: June 15, 2014

Carbon and the economy: Credible
study shows carbon tax would work

Six hundred volunteers from around the country will be knocking on the doors of our elected Congress members, bending their ear to talk about the promising news: A revenue-neutral carbon tax would be good for the economy and the environment. We support their self-funded efforts to share what the economic studies have shown, and enthusiastically encourage Colorado’s representatives to listen.


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Op-ed: June 13, 2014

A global warming solution that
(almost) everyone can like

REMI models a steadily increasing and “revenue neutral” carbon tax, with border protections. Such a tax is designed to protect American businesses and households from increased costs while letting the market adapt its own ways of reducing dangerous global warming emissions and transition to the energy economy of the future without growing the size of government (no new tax income) or picking winners and losers (think Solyndra).


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Editorial: June 16, 2014

We need innovative ideas to clean up our air

As the tax increases and companies reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, the Regional Economic Models Inc. estimates it would lead to 2.2 million jobs over 10 years. Greenhouse gas emissions would be cut by 33 percent by 2025, five years ahead of the Environmental Protection Agency goal, and 52 percent by 2035… the Citizens’ Climate Lobby proposal is the kind of thinking that needs to be encouraged if we want to address pollution and climate change issues.



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Article: June 12, 2014

Carbon tax could help boost economy

The model used a carbon fee proposed by Citizens Climate Lobby that includes a dividend to make it revenue neutral….The fee would charge $10 per ton of emissions at the point of origin, with the fee rising $10 annually. The fee would be collected by the U.S. Treasury and paid out as a monthly dividend to every U.S. citizen, with adults getting a full share and children under 18 years old getting a half share, with a maximum of two children per family.


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Column: June 11, 2014

Another way to cut pollution and create jobs

If you doubt so many benefits could come from a change in policy, look at what has been accomplished in gas mileage improvements and auto safety improvements. Policies matter. It’s not hard to believe that making producers and consumers pay directly for pollution — instead of hiding the costs through the health consequences of bad air quality — would lead to a lot less pollution and create jobs in energy conservation and clean-energy production.


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Blog: June 12, 2014

A Carbon Tax That Would Create Jobs, Cut Emissions and Put Money in Your Pocket

By 2020, there would be 25,000 fewer jobs in oil and gas drilling, according to REMI. However, fields like health care, education, construction, food service and retail service would see bigger outputs and hire more people, as consumers spend the extra money from the tax revenues. Jobs may also be added in renewable energy sectors.


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Blog: June 9, 2014

New Study Shows No More Excuses
to Reject Fee on Carbon

One of the solutions that continues to get a bum rap is a fee on carbon, which Republicans routinely associate with the term “job killer.” Beginning today, however, such unqualified claims can no longer be made. That’s because a new study from Regional Economic Models, INC. (REMI), shows that a steadily-rising fee on fossil fuels, with revenue returned to households, will actually add 2.1 million jobs in the U.S. over the next 10 years while reducing greenhouse gas emissions 33 percent.


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Op-ed: June 12, 2014

Consider the carbon tax

The general assumption, until now, has been that solutions to address global warming will slow the economy and lead to loss of jobs. The new REMI study turns that assumption upside down, showing that a carbon tax — if done the right way — will grow the economy and add jobs.



Op-ed: June 15, 2014

A game-changer in the climate debate

The REMI study found that when revenue gets recycled back to households, the carbon tax actually would stimulate consumer spending and drive job creation, adding as many as 2.2 million new jobs in the first 10 years. The big takeaway message is that fighting global warming and stimulating the economy do not need to be mutually exclusive choices.



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Blog: June 10, 2014

Carbon tax should replace cap-and-trade — better emissions benefit, better economic benefit

A carbon tax is market-based in that it creates market forces that “encourage” change. But because the tax itself translates directly to “price at the pump,” that market force packs a punch, depending on how much tax is applied and how fast you want change to be made.



Los Angeles Daily News

Op-ed: June 10, 2014

A win-win solution for global warming: Guest commentary

British Columbia implemented a revenue-neutral carbon tax five years ago, and while per capita greenhouse gas emissions have decreased 9.9 percent, the province’s GDP has grown more than the rest of Canada’s, and 64 percent of the population supports the policy. The plan works.


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Op-ed: June 11, 2014

An economic benefit of a fee-and-dividend carbon tax

“The FAD rebates return nearly $400 billion to households — or almost $300 per month for a family of four – and the carbon tax aids in retirements of coal plants and accelerates investments in wind, solar and nuclear power. The impact to the total cost of living is less than 3 percent from the baseline, and gross domestic product increases between $80 billion and $90 billion.”In a nutshell, millions more jobs, thousands of lives saved and a significant step in addressing climate change.



Article: June 9, 2014

Report touts value of carbon tax with dividends

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled a new regulation, intended to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants, that allows states to craft their own programs to reduce carbon dioxide emissions with the goal of cutting emissions nationwide by 30 percent of 2005 levels by 2030. Citizens’ Climate Lobby argues the carbon tax could head off the EPA plans and cut the current emissions level by 33 percent in 10 years and by 52 percent by 2035.


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Op-ed: June 9, 2014

A climate ‘fix’ that’s good for the economy

REMI calculated that, under this scenario, a family of two adults and two children would receive annual dividends of nearly $3,500 after 10 years. For most households, the money would more than offset higher consumer prices resulting from the tax. It would be theirs to spend however they wish.


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Op-ed: June 13, 2014

Let’s use the economy to fight global warming

A carbon tax is non-ideological. It leaves investment decisions to individuals and corporations. It inspires innovation, and that’ll create jobs. It reduces the need for complex regulations. It decreases government involvement in micro-level decisions and in picking technological winners. A carbon tax is efficient. It takes the burden off volunteerism, which is no match for the scale of our fossil-fueled economy. It unifies today’s grab bag of federal, state, and local carbon reduction programs with a fundamental market force.



Op-ed: June 16, 2014

Tax carbon, help the economy

British Columbia implemented a revenue-neutral carbon tax five years ago, and while per capita greenhouse gas emissions have decreased 9.9 percent, that province’s GDP has grown more than the rest of Canada’s, and 64 percent of the population supports the policy. The plan works. If fear of economic pain has kept legislators from taking action to cut carbon emissions, the results of this study — along with British Columbia’s experience — should calm their nerves and motivate them to take another look at the carbon fee and dividend approach.


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Op-ed: June 13, 2014

Solution to climate change creates jobs

The consequences of climate change are costly and currently taxpayers pick up the bill. In 2012, there were 11 weather events, which cost taxpayers more than $1 billion each, not to mention the drought at $35 billion. Most economists, from across the political spectrum, agree that placing a fee on harmful CO2 emissions that reflects its true cost to society is the most effective way to decrease emissions.
Article: June 9, 2014

Carbon tax good for Northwest

A report released today by Citizens’ Climate Lobby examining a proposed national fee and dividend carbon tax shows many positives for the Idaho and Washington region.”This is good for the economy and good for jobs, specifically in Washington and Idaho,” CCL Palouse Region Chapter volunteer Rob Briggs said.


Editorial: June 12, 2014

Among the most recent and promising solutions is a proposed national fee and dividend carbon tax. The proposal, by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, calls for a carbon emissions fee system that will pump money back into the economy through dividends to families.


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