Citizens’ Climate Lobby Glossary

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby Glossary

Action Sheet

Monthly document with National Call description and actions and activities for CCL groups to take for that month.

Action Teams

Teams organized by volunteers around specific topics (Oil, Ocean, Agriculture, etc.) that work and strategize on ways to move that area towards supporting fee and dividend. Most action teams usually meet regularly by phone.


An ask is just what it sounds like, asking a member of Congress to do something you want. CCL’s ask of Congress has been the same since 2009: Introduce or support fee and dividend legislation.

Generally speaking, the Primary Ask for members of Congress focuses on co-sponsoring the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 763). See also: Supporting Ask


Description of a Member of Congress written by CCLers and available on Community. Includes past voting history, important facts and Member’s stance on CCL policy and climate change.

Carbon Fee and Dividend

CCL’s first policy proposal. Currently, we're advocating for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, which is, for the most part, the same as CF&D. CF&D basics are a rising fee on carbon at the source, with all of the revenue returned to households on a per capita basis, and a border adjustment to protect American businesses and encourage other countries to have the same policy. 


Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Climate Advocate Training

CCL’s basic training workshop for volunteers and groups just starting out.  Climate Advocate Training Workshops (originally called Group Start Workshops) take place in person and typically launch a new CCL group. Online Climate Advocate Training takes place monthly for new volunteers who register for the training. Both cover our history, methods, legislation and lobby techniques.

Congressional Committees

A legislative sub-group in the US Congress that handles a specific duty or topic such as Energy and Commerce, Intelligence, Natural Resources, etc.


A person is said to be a constituent for a member of Congress if they live in the district represented by the member of Congress.


The CCL volunteer who acts as the primary point of contact between CCL and an Influencer.


Statements from elected officials, businesses, individuals of influence, groups of influence, etc. that state their support for CCL’s fee and dividend policy or support the effort towards a solution on climate change. 


CCL point person located in Washington D.C. who is responsible for delivering hard copy materials to a Congressional office.

Field Report

Report submitted to CCL headquarters online that describes an action taken by CCL group or individual. Can include LTE’s, meetings, TV appearances, radio, tabling, etc.


People in a position of power or influence at a local level.

Grasstops Engagement Tracker

A contact management system used by CCL volunteers to, (1) avoid duplication of effort and avoid multiple requests to influencers, (2) track relationship progress, and (3) be a repository of secured endorsements

Group Leader

The Group Leader is the head of a CCL Group. There can be more than one per group. They are in charge of coordinating meetings with all members, being the link for the group to headquarters, and providing leadership within the Group.

House Ways and Means

The principal tax-writing committee of the US House of Representatives. They have jurisdiction over all taxation, tariff, and revenue-raising measures.

Levers of Political Will

    1. Lobbying
    2. Media
    3. Grassroots Outreach – education and recruitment
    4. Grasstops Outreach – partnering with and seeking endorsements of community leaders.
    5. Chapter Development

The levers of influence CCL volunteers use to increase political will for a livable world (click here for the webinar). The actions associated with these levers help move people and officials towards an understanding of fee and dividend and encourages them to be active participants in making change happen. When all of the levers are being activated, political will is enhanced.


An individual or organization that has influence in a congressional district or community.

Influencer Letter

evidence that CCL volunteers have collected that demonstrates an Influencer’s position/opinion on climate change and/or climate action. The letter could be online or on paper.


CCL point person to a member of Congress (Senate or House), usually a constituent, who is in charge of all interactions with the office including scheduling meetings, sending CCL updates and general information.


Letter to the editor.

MoC or MOC

Member of Congress.

Printed on the page “opposite the editorials”, a longer opinion piece than a letter to the editor that expresses the opinion of someone not affiliated with the paper.

Pathway to Paris

CCL’s international initiative to get fee and dividend and a price on carbon into the UNFCCC Paris talks. Joe Robertson heads up and leads coordinated effort to allow stakeholders and ordinary citizens to participate in talks leading up to Paris.


REMI or the REMI report is a report from Regional Economic Models, Inc that was released in June of 2014 which detailed the economic, emissions, power generation and demographic impacts of CCL’s Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal.

Senate Finance

Principal tax-writing committee of the US Senate. Deals with issues of taxation and revenue generally, considered one of the most powerful committees in Congress

Supporting Ask

Many members of Congress are not yet ready to introduce or support revenue-neutral carbon taxes. But, getting legislation passed is a complicated process in which lots of smaller things have to happen before we get a law. Every member of Congress may be willing to do one of these smaller things. Supporting asks are therefore very specific asks that start to check off those smaller things, and thus still build towards our primary ask. By breaking up the task into smaller chunks, we create clear steps so every member of Congress can choose to be on the ladder to a livable world.

State and Regional Coordinators

The point person for each state or region. Regional Coordinators attend weekly calls and state coordinator are held monthly to be cooperative and cohesive in their actions across our states and regions.

List of regional coordinators and regions.


Setting up a table at an event or in a heavily traveled spot with the purpose of handing out literature and — most importantly — making personal connections that bring people into CCL.


A public meeting of elected officials or candidates for office, typically open to everyone in a community. During town halls, attendees may express opinions and ask questions.

Chapter Organizing
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