Weekly Briefing: Amid Push For Climate Solutions, CCL Volunteers Lobby For Carbon Price
March 24, 2021
With momentum building in Congress to take action on climate change, thousands of CCL volunteers are meeting virtually with their representatives and senators this week to push for carbon pricing to be among solutions moving forward.
In a press release about this week’s lobbying, CCL Executive Director Mark Reynolds said, “Our volunteers are raring to go. They’re energized by the signals coming from Congress and the new administration that major climate policy will happen this year.”
A number of groups are posting about their meetings on social media with the hashtag #GrassrootsClimate, like this tweet about a meeting with Rep. Sean Casten (D-IL-06, shown above) or this Instagram post about a meeting with staffers in the office of Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).
Many volunteers attending these meetings are first-time lobbyists, and some of our “veterans” offered advice in a blog posted this week. Teresa Werner in Northern Kentucky said, “You are not alone! Going in as a team makes such a big difference. I had never before been part of a group that was so positive, helpful and organized, which gave me comfort going into my first lobby session.”
In other news this week:
Rep. Deutch testifies: During a members' day hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday, Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL-22) spoke about the need to price carbon to rein in climate change. Check out and share our Twitter post about his testimony.
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Take action this week
If you have a little time: Call Congress to express your support for carbon fee and dividend. With CCL groups meeting with members of Congress this week, your calls will add to the drumbeat of support to include effective carbon pricing in climate solutions moving forward this year. Use our online action tool to help make your calls.
If you have more time: Invite a local business owner to register for our free online Business Advocates for Carbon Pricing conference on April 13. At this event, businesses will learn how to add their voice to calls for Congress to price carbon. Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) is the keynote speaker. All businesses are invited to attend whether they have endorsed the Energy Innovation Act or not. Registration and more information are at cclusa.org/bizconference.__________________________________________________________________________
Grasstops: Carbon Pricing Supporters Hall of Fame
There are many big names who share CCL’s opinion that pricing carbon is an essential tool to bring down greenhouse gas emissions. CCL has assembled a Carbon Pricing Supporters Hall of Fame of prominent individuals, elected officials, municipalities, elite athletes and businesses that have expressed support for carbon pricing. Among the famous names are Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Sen. Mitt Romney, Olympic gold medalist Jessie Diggins and many more. Whether you’re trying to influence your member of Congress or enrolling a community leader to support carbon pricing, this list of supporters will turn heads.
This week on the CCL blog
Support for AAPI community: Following the horrific shootings in Atlanta that claimed the lives of six Asian women in the Atlanta area, CCL has released a statement of support for members of the Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Read the statement here.