On Tuesday, June 21, several dedicated activists from Asheville will be in Washington, D.C., to join hundreds of others from all over the United States in lobbying Congress for a real, bipartisan solution to climate chaos.
The organization, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, is proposing a plan for a “carbon fee and dividend.” This is a revenue-neutral carbon tax with all revenue returned directly to households, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions 52 percent below 1990 levels within 20 years, while growing the economy and saving lives.
This payment would benefit poor and lower-income people the most. It would offset the higher prices of fossil fuels, while encouraging investment in energy efficiency and renewables. Only the biggest fossil-fuel users (who tend to be the wealthiest consumers) would lose.
The concept has received significant bipartisan support, and dozens of Asheville leaders, including city Council members, business owners and faith leaders, have signed on to a “leader letter” calling for climate action.
To help the lobbying effort, Citizens’ Climate Lobby urges everyone who wants to support this sensible solution to make calls to their senator and representatives on Monday, June 20. To find your Congress people, and for ideas on what to say, please visit www.citizensclimatelobby.org and click on “take action.” Your grandchildren will thank you!
— Cathy Holt