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2021 Legislative Strategic Plan

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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
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 Save Our Future Act of 2021 (S. 2085) 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.

National strategic priorities for 2021

The best time to pass climate policy is always now, with the Congress we have. Our efforts are aided by having a good bill with many sponsors, demonstrated bipartisan support, growing business support, a climate-friendly President, a half million new environmental voters, and rising public concern about climate change. In addition, the second largest economy in the world (the EU) is going to put a border carbon adjustment on its existing carbon price on Jan 1, 2023. Legislative success will take hard work and persistence across the country, but that is what we’re here for! This is what we need to pass a bill in the next Congress: 

  • 10-12 Republican votes in the Senate
  • Democrats willing to work with Republicans in both chambers and to vote for the bill
  • A Senate Majority Leader willing to bring it to the floor

Demonstrate the popularity of carbon pricing

Members of Congress need to see more public support for carbon pricing. Our key activities include:

  • Stepped up outreach to right-of-center Americans who are concerned about climate change. We need their voices working with us in our chapters, and we need them speaking up publicly as allies from outside our organization.
  • Increased trust-building with organizations on the left and environmental justice organizations with a goal of establishing mutual respect for our differing strategies so that those who are able will also support the legislation.
  • Increased visible support from business leaders and other community leaders.
  • More visible support from constituents, from both inside and outside CCL.
The Senate is the key

With the Senate nearly evenly split, legislation will need bipartisan support in order to pass. It is the time to go all out on gaining support in the Senate. We trust that when the Senate moves on a carbon pricing bill, the House will move as well. Working as a statewide CCL team to build support in the Senate is essential. 

  • Find out about your state strategy from your state coordinator and make plans to help.
  • If you are in a red or purple state, promote right-of-center voices calling for climate action/carbon pricing.
  • If you are in a blue state, promote left-of-center voices calling for bipartisan action and carbon pricing, and help out in red states as your resources allow. 
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
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Lobbying Congress
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