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Final Lobby Preparations

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Join CCL's Vice President of Government Affairs Dr. Danny Richter for a training that will provide up to the moment insights on the dynamics in Congress and how we can most effectively use our time in meetings to support our agenda for our June 2021 Lobby Meetings.
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June 2021’s Asks
Our message to Congress: Price carbon to keep America competitive

Let’s take a look at some of the information our volunteers will be sharing with Senate and House offices later this month.  Did you know the United States and Australia are the only Developed Economies without a carbon price in place? It’s true, and we’re going to make sure Congress knows it. 

Our biggest trading partner (Canada) and the largest foreign market available to U.S. producers (the European Union single market) are seriously considering how to impose Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanisms (CBAMs) on their existing carbon prices just as those prices are climbing rapidly. The EU carbon price is now setting record highs and Canada’s carbon price is scheduled to increase to $130 U.S. dollars by 2030. 

These moves have directly incentivized other large economies to either speed the implementation of their current carbon price (China) or to consider implementing a carbon price of their own (Russia). In our lobby meetings this month, we’ll ask representatives and senators to keep America competitive by implementing a carbon price of our own. 

Here’s a CCL Laser Talk about “Carbon Pricing Around the World” so you can practice making this argument in a compelling way.

American businesses want to compete

This growing global trend toward accountability for carbon emissions actually creates an opportunity for America. If we place a transparent, explicit price on carbon, we can capitalize on our existing competitive advantage. Our production processes are already quite clean relative to the rest of the world. 

This may be why, over the past year, American businesses have been coming out in droves to support market-based climate solutions (which include carbon prices) and a carbon price explicitly. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, the American Petroleum Institute, the International Institute of Finance, the American Chemistry Council, and the National Ocean Industries Association have all issued such statements, in addition to thousands of small and medium sized businesses throughout the country. American business wants to be able to compete on a level playing field with the rest of the world, and we’ll ask Congress to respond by putting a price on carbon.

Support a bill to price carbon

We want congressional offices to know that there are already several bills available to put a transparent, explicit price on carbon. There’s the America’s Clean Future Fund Act of 2021 (S. 685) and the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act of 2019 (S. 1128; 116th) in the Senate, and the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 2307) in the House. During our lobby meetings, we’ll be asking some offices to step up and cosponsor those bills. (Dozens of their colleagues already have!)

For the offices who have already cosponsored carbon pricing bills, we’ll ask them to get vocal about their support for carbon pricing: in committee hearings, in conversations with colleagues, at appearances in their districts, and so on.

CCL's Bottom Lines

CCL has always viewed that the most effective way to get legislation passed is to have a laser focus on the legislation that is bipartisan and satisfies our two bottom lines: emissions reductions effectiveness while protecting lower income individuals and families.  In other words, the integrity of the following two bottom lines is essential for CCL staff to recommend support to our volunteers support for any comprehensive policy:

  1. That policy should have a reasonable expectation of large emissions reductions once implemented. We understand this to mean exceeding U.S. Individual Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) under the 2015 Paris Agreement. We also understand such emissions reductions to be achievable with a single well-designed carbon pricing policy. 
  2. That policy should ensure that at the very least the two lowest income quintiles (i.e. the poorest 40%) of Americans “end up ahead.” By this, we mean that for the vast majority of households in each of those quintiles, increases in income as a result of the policy should exceed cost increases as a result of the policy.
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Intro & Agenda 
(from beginning)

Primary Asks Finalized
(2:34)

Samples For Carbon Pricing Is Popular Documents
(8:44)

A Nuanced Border Discussion
(16:30)

Anticipated FAQs From the Hand-outs
(23:31)

Separate Q&A Discussion (https://youtu.be/L4E79sqQM28)
Instructor(s)
  • Dr. Danny Richter
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Audio length
Press play to start the audio (32m 14s)
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Audio Outline
To skip ahead to a specific section go to the time indicated in parenthesis. 

Intro & Agenda 
(from beginning)

Primary Asks Finalized
(2:34)

Samples For Carbon Pricing Is Popular Documents
(8:44)

A Nuanced Border Discussion
(16:30)

Anticipated FAQs From the Hand-outs
(23:31)

Separate Q&A Discussion (https://youtu.be/L4E79sqQM28)
Instructor(s)
  • Dr. Danny Richter
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Training
Topics
Lobbying Congress
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