Climate Action – A Message from Presbyterians for Carbon Dividends
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As many of you are aware, our best hope right now for getting meaningful national action on climate is through the Budget Reconciliation process. Administration and legislators are working feverishly to come up with a framework they can agree on. President Biden has proposed $550 billion in climate spending that includes tax credits, incentives, and investments. If passed, this would be an historic investment in climate and deserves to be celebrated. Models show these provisions would reduce emissions by 800-1000 Million tons in 2030.
Models also show that this would not be enough to get to the target of 50% emission reductions by 2030 without additional action. As Senator Manchin has rejected the Clean Energy Payment Plan, there is a lot of discussion about carbon fees along with fees on methane and other pollutants.
A carbon fee and dividend approach is supported by folks across the political spectrum–economists, the Business Roundtable, environmental and faith groups (including PC USA), and a growing number of progressives and environmental justice leaders, including Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Progressive Caucus Chair) and Dr. Bullard, co-chair of National Black Environmental Justice Network and “father of environmental justice.” There seems to be growing recognition that a carbon fee is an effective tool to drive down emissions to meet the 50% reduction by 2030 goal. And a dividend (carbon cashback) will make the transition affordable for low and middle income families.
What you can do
Email President Biden
Let him know you strongly support his 50% reduction by 2030 goal and you support carbon fees as part of the reconciliation budget. You can send him an email using this link https://citizensclimatelobby.org/white-house/ The link opens some draft language you can edit to say exactly what you would like.
Call our Senators!
Senators are negotiating details on climate and a price on carbon hangs in the balance. Many members of Congress are working hard to pass policies that will reach the goal of 50% by 2030. And they’ve asked for constituent help.
A carbon price is a key piece of the Senate negotiations. A groundswell of support this week can tip the balance. Even if you’ve already called your Senators and Representatives, please call again.
It should just take a couple of minutes, but it can have a big impact!
Join our Twitter Team!
Presbyterians for Carbon Dividends have launched a Twitter Campaign to encourage Members of Congress affiliated with PCUSA to support carbon fees as part of the climate package.
Here is a sample you can customize (it will be more persuasive if our messages don’t all look identical).
As a fellow Presbyterian, , I urge you to support and advocate for carbon pricing in reconciliation. #PriceOnCarbon #PresbyterianClimateAction
Once you have your message drafted, you can send the same one to every Member of Congress on this list:
Senator Tom Carper (@SenatorCarper) of Delaware
Senator Tina Smith (@SenTinaSmith) of Minnesota
Senator Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) of Virginia
Representative Diana DeGette (@RepDianaDeGette) of Colorado
Representative Jim Himes (@jahimes) of Connecticut
Representative Kathy (@USRepKCastor) of Florida
Representative Carolyn Maloney (@RepMaloney) of New York
Thank you! A few minutes of your time could make a big difference! Not a Twitter user yet?
It’s easy (and free) to get started. Here’s how: