Weekly Briefing: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Praises CCL At Conference
June 22, 2022
At CCL’s June conference this past week, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) praised CCL’s advocacy work in his reception speech, while also providing an update to the reconciliation process.
The senator, who has spearheaded climate efforts in the Senate, stated that he believed that reconciliation is still alive, and gave an update regarding carbon border adjustment mechanisms.
“There are gonna be a lot of widget companies that are moving to the United States of America because we are cleaner than other manufacturers. And that will be a bigger economic lift for us than the penalty of the tariffs. We win from the EU CBAM even if we don't step up with a tariff of our own. And if we step up with a tariff of our own with a carbon border adjustment of our own, now it's a really big win,” he said.
Senator Whitehouse then went on to praise the efforts of CCL.
“We would not be in this position if you hadn't come to Washington, and called, and emailed, and done all the work that you did to put life and energy into carbon pricing and carbon border adjustment; you did that. No group worked harder.”
You can read or watch Senator Whitehouse’s speech on the CCL blog.
In other news this week:
• CCL announces future policy objectives: CCL Executive Director Madeleine Para announced the future policy objectives of CCL at our June 2022 conference. These future policy objectives consist of building the clean energy economy and pursuing nature-based solutions, starting with protecting and growing forests. You can read more about our upcoming policy goals and Madeleine’s speech here.
• E&E News covers CCL policy updates: E&E News posted an article about CCL’s policy expansion on Tuesday morning. You can read highlights from that story on CCL Community here.
Take action this week
If you have a little time: Check out CCL’s latest meme on Instagram
You never know when a member of Congress might say yes to your ask! CCL's latest meme on Instagram captures that moment. You can find that meme here.
If you have more time: Attend our Wednesday night info session
Want to know more about CCL and how you can join in? Attend our Wednesday night info session, or if you’ve already attended, ask a friend to join. This session will cover Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s mission and values, and how you can help advocate for federal legislation that will reduce carbon pollution. You can find more information here.
Featured Lever This Week
Lobbying: CCLers lobby members of Congress
CCL volunteers across the country have been chronicling their lobby adventures with the #CCL2022 hashtag.
CCL volunteers have lobbied members of Congress in Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Utah to name a few states. CCL also got to welcome plenty of volunteers, some old and some new, who shared their stories about why lobbying with CCL is so important. These volunteers were from Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, Virginia, and Washington, among others.
Don’t be left out of the fun! Post about your lobby and experiences using the hashtag #CCL2022, and see everyone else’s journey too!
6/23: Carbon Pricing and the Oil, Gas and Chemical Industries — Join Bill Bray, CCL Texas: The Woodlands group leader and former leader of Team O.I.L., for training on the impact of the Energy Innovation Act on domestic oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. Bill will highlight how carbon pricing policy has the potential to drive massive investments and new job opportunities. Join us!
6/30: How to Craft Conservative Op-eds — Are you a conservative, or a constituent with a conservative member of Congress? This training, led by Nate Abercrombie, CCL's Conservative Outreach Coordinator, and Charlotte Ward, State and Local Media Coordinator, will cover how to write effective op-eds with conservative framing and talking points. Join us!
Need training on the basics? Catch our next session of Core Volunteer Training, made for newer volunteers:
6/28: Engaging Community Leaders — One of the biggest impacts volunteers can make in building momentum for carbon pricing is gaining the support of local community leaders. Join Sabrina Butcher, CCL's Action and Endorsements Coordinator, for a webinar on how to best conduct outreach to grasstops leaders in your area and beyond. Join us!
To see other topics and past trainings, visit the Training Topics page of CCL Community.