Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a grassroots nonprofit started here in the United States about ten years ago, which has grown into a into a global organization. Everyone — well, almost everyone — acknowledges we have a huge problem with how we humans pump so much carbon into the atmosphere, in industrialized societies. Everyone knows we need to limit these emissions, but how? One solution that has emerged as the most credible is called “carbon fee and dividend.” The idea is you put a price on carbon pollution, collect a fee from the polluters, and then pay that back to the citizens. That puts economic pressure to change the footing of our economy, and helps the common person cope with the changes. It may only be one piece of the puzzle, but it’s a pretty big piece. That’s the solution that Citizens’ Climate Lobby advocates.
Our President wants to go big on climate.
On Earth Day, President Biden announced a big goal: cut America’s carbon pollution 50% by 2030. Now, he’s working with Congress to meet that goal.
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Basically, fossil fuel companies are taxed based on how much carbon they produce. To avoid paying the fee, these companies will work to switch to renewable, clean energy, reducing carbon pollution. Ideally, the Senate will also include provisions that the money collected will go back into American’s pockets as a monthly dividend or “carbon cashback” that can be spent without restriction.
Who supports a price on carbon?
Economists, scientists, businesses, members of Congress, and state and local officials all support a price on carbon as an effective way to reduce emissions. And, most importantly, everyday Americans across the country support a carbon price as a way to stabilize the climate and protect our future.
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About the Author: Bart Everson
What can we learn, and how can we teach, from the cycles of the Earth — both the cycles within us, and the cycles in which we find ourselves?
In addition to writing the A Pedagogy of Gaia column here at HumanisticPaganism,Bart Everson is a writer, a photographer, a baker of bread, a husband and a father. An award-winning videographer, he is co-creator of ROX, the first TV show on the internet. As a media artist and an advocate for faculty development in higher education, he is interested in current and emerging trends in social media, blogging, podcasting, et cetera, as well as contemplative pedagogy and integrative learning. He is a founding member of the Green Party of Louisiana, past president of Friends of Lafitte Corridor, sometime contributor to Rising Tide, and a participant in New Orleans Lamplight Circle.