The Columbia County Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday, December 10, 6-8pm, at Christ Church Episcopal, Union and Fourth Streets, in Hudson. (Newcomers are encouraged to come at 5:30 for a brief orientation to CCL.)
High on the agenda will be the new Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 7173, a bipartisan bill that would charge fossil fuel producers a “pollution fee” for every ton of carbon they emit and return the revenue to American families in equal monthly payments.
Introduced in the House of Representatives on November 27 by three Republicans and three Democrats, the bill caps three years of work by the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus and is testimony to CCL’s own efforts of more than a decade to promote effective climate legislation through supportive relationships with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.
Coming on the heels of the IPCC’s latest report and just four days after the US government’s own Climate report, the bill was announced almost as if to say, “We hear you and we’re on it!” This bill meets CCL’s criteria for effective climate legislation: it reduces carbon emissions substantially (by 40% in 12 years), it will save lives, it protects low- and middle-income people, it will benefit the US economy, and it’s revenue neutral (meaning the money does not go into government coffers).
In other words, we now have an actual bill to support–in our letters to newspapers, at tabling events, with “grasstops” endorsers, and in lobbying meetings. (BTW, our first meeting with Rep.-elect Delgado is set for Thursday, Dec. 20.)
Our meeting on Monday will also cover new state lobbying efforts, now that New York has both a Democratic Senate and Democratic Assembly, and meetings with town boards (one place where each of us can have a voice).
Bring us your questions and ideas! For more information, please call 518-672-7901.