Citizens’ Climate Lobby has advocated for Carbon Fee and Dividend for nearly a decade. In 2019, members of the House introduced the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which embodies the fee-and-dividend approach we support. We are now advocating for this specific bill.
The case for climate solutions
Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, our burning of fossil fuels has steadily increased the carbon dioxide content of Earth’s atmosphere. For many decades, we enjoyed the benefits of such fuels without realizing that the increased atmospheric carbon was trapping heat and hastening global climate change.
Today, we understand that climate change carries potentially catastrophic health, environmental, and economic costs. Nevertheless, in most places there is no financial penalty for adding to the carbon pollution that drives climate change. As long as carbon pollution remains free, the true costs of fossil fuels will be hidden, and may appear cheaper than low-carbon alternatives even as they put long-term health and economic prosperity at risk.
Reduce emissions and grow the economy
CCL’s preferred climate solution is known as Carbon Fee and Dividend. A national, revenue-neutral carbon fee-and-dividend system (CF&D) would place a predictable, steadily-rising price on carbon and other greenhouse gases, with all fees collected minus administrative costs being returned to households as a monthly energy dividend. In just 20 years, studies show, such a system could reduce carbon emissions to 50% of 1990 levels while adding 2.1 million jobs above baseline to the American economy.
Educating citizens about the benefits of the CF&D climate solutions, and empowering them to build the social and political will for the climate solutions we need, form the core of CCL’s approach.