Ask Your Senator for a Price on Carbon

The Senate is negotiating on climate THIS WEEK.

Let’s hold them to 50% by 2030.

The Senate committed to reducing America’s emissions 50% by 2030 earlier this year. In order to meet that goal, they must include a price on carbon. A groundswell of support this week could make the difference between meeting the goal or falling short. Will you call your Senator?

What should I ask for when I call?

Tell your Senators that we must get to 50% emissions reductions by 2030. Ask them to make polluters pay by putting a price on carbon into budget reconciliation. They’ll know what you mean. (You can check out our FAQ for more details about this request.)

 

We are only calling Democratic Senators because Republican Senators are not involved in budget reconciliation discussions. If you have only Republican Senators, you can skip ahead to the next step: call your Representative.

More ways to help

Once you’ve called, get others to act

You only need to call once yourself. Then, share this page with any climate-concerned friends, family and coworkers. THIS IS OUR LAST CHANCE FOR MEANINGFUL CLIMATE ACTION THAT CAN’T BE BLOCKED BY THE FILIBUSTER. They’ll want to take their shot to solve climate change, too.

Contact your Representative and the White House

There’s more to do! Find the details at our take action page.

Frequently asked questions

Why is this moment so important?

Senate Democrats have a short deadline to make big decisions about climate change. We want to reach them when we know they’ll be listening.

Why do we need a price on carbon?

An economy-wide price on carbon will reduce America’s carbon pollution really fast. We need to price carbon if we want to hit the Biden Administration’s goal of 50% emissions reductions in the next decade. It has to be part of any serious climate solutions. Find out more about why to put a price on carbon.

What’s a carbon cashback?

A price on carbon means that corporate polluters pay a fee on their pollution. That money can be given to Americans so that everyone can afford a transition to clean energy.  You can let Congress know you’d like your carbon cashback when you call, too.

Do I really need to call?

If you can, yes. Calls add extra attention because staffers notice when the phones are ringing. It might seem intimidating to call your Senator’s office. But, Senate staff are usually really nice and very professional. You’ll be on the line for just a short time. 

What is budget reconciliation, anyway?

Budget reconciliation is a process where adjustments to spending and revenue can be made with 51 Senate votes instead of the full 60 votes. The rules of what can be included in a budget reconciliation are strict, and governed by a nonpartisan Senate parliamentarian.

What does a price on carbon have to do with budget reconciliation?

Senate Democrats have already indicated that they plan to address climate change in this year’s budget reconciliation. Because a price on carbon meets the strict requirements of a budget reconciliation, the Senate can and should include one.