Weekly Briefing: Trudeau Tells Canadians Get Money Back From The Carbon Price
April 21, 2023
As we continue to push for a carbon fee and dividend here in the United States, carbon pricing is thriving in other parts of the world. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently took to social media to inform residents in four provinces that they had received money back from the federal carbon price.
Here's what Trudeau had to say:
"If you live in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, or Alberta, you probably noticed a deposit in your bank account today. It's called the Climate Action Incentive. It's how we make sure that we put money in your pockets while we put a price on pollution. It actually puts more money back in the pockets of millions of Canadians, and it's a small part of our big plan to fight climate change, keep our air clean, make life more affordable, and grow the economy for everyone."
The average Canadian is coming out ahead under Canada’s fee and dividend policy. A report shows that the average amount that people paid in the four provinces where the carbon price applied that year was $555. The average rebate was $804. The current carbon fee in Canada is $65 per ton and will increase $15 each year until it reaches $170 in 2030.
Catch up on CCL’s history with Canadian carbon pricing in these updates from 2016, 2018, and 2021. Then, reach out to your member of Congress to encourage them to enact this policy here at home.
ASK CONGRESS FOR A PRICE ON CARBON
In other news this week:
• Hawaii House passes resolution: Thanks to the work of CCLers in Hawaii, the state’s House of Representatives recently passed a resolution in support of a nationwide carbon fee and dividend. Three Hawaii group leaders shared more about their efforts in this Civil Beat op-ed.
• Climate collab in a conservative state: Montana CCLer Alex Amonette was featured on the latest episode of the EcoRight Speaks podcast alongside allies from RepublicEn and the American Conservation Coalition. The group shares about their collaboration to publish climate-focused media like this in newspapers across Montana.
• ICYMI: NBC covered CCL event: In case you missed it, an NBC climate reporter wrote a great story about CCL’s conservative conference, featuring quotes from several CCL volunteers in attendance.
Take action this week
If you have a little time: Post on social media about Earth Day outreach. CCL has set a national goal of 500 outreach events during Earth Month, and this Saturday is Earth Day itself. Post on social media about your chapter’s Earth Day activities! We encourage you to include photos, use the hashtag #GrassrootsClimate, and tag CCL’s national account in your posts on all social platforms.
If you have more time: Submit Earth Day letters and op-eds. Newspapers are usually eager to accept climate or environmental content ahead of Earth Day. Use our LTE Topics guidance or op-ed templates to submit an Earth Day letter to the editor or an opinion piece before Saturday.
Featured chapter: CCL William & Mary
College students have plenty on their plates already — but some of them are also taking on the task of pushing a carbon fee and dividend in Congress! The CCL chapter at the College of William & Mary has kicked off a simple, powerful sign campaign conceptualized by chapter member Emily O’Keefe. Students hold up signs that identify carbon fee and dividend as an effective climate policy and include a link for people to write to their representatives. Folks at William & Mary and beyond are getting creative about where they put their signs — on laptops, in dorm windows, or simply propped up in public — and then sharing their shots on Instagram.
Their efforts were recently profiled in The Flat Hat, the school’s newspaper. “I believe as young people we have a lot of power, because adults in office are much more likely to listen to us,” says Corina Chang, who co-leads the chapter with Philip Ignatoff.
“The idea is really taking off,” says Steffanie Munguia, CCL’s Student Engagement Manager. “It will be a focus for our higher ed chapters during Earth Month.” Great work, CCL William & Mary!
4/20: Using CCL's New Tabling Materials For Earth Day - Join Vice President of Programs Brett Cease for a training about CCL's new tabling materials, where to find them, and how to best incorporate them into your spring grassroots outreach plans. Bring your questions and ideas and view the tabling materials ahead of time here. Join us!
4/27: Big Tent Climate Talk with American Forests - Our April Big Tent Climate Talk will feature Joel Pannell, Vice President of Urban Forests Policy at American Forests, in conversation with Kyle Kammien, CCL Senior Business Relations Representative. Join us!
Need training on the basics? Catch our next session of Core Volunteer Training, made for newer volunteers:
4/25: Chapter Development Basics - This training will demystify the process of starting, growing and running a CCL chapter. RSVP here.
To see other topics and past trainings, visit the Training Topics page of CCL Community.