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posted Feb 24, 2017, 7:47 AM by Jeanne Newstrom   [ updated Feb 24, 2017, 7:47 AM ]

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Comes to Grand Rapids

What an excellent presentation and response to a the carbon fee and dividend policy promoted by Citizen’s Climate Lobby at the Grand Rapids Area Library on February 18.  The event was sponsored by Earth Circle.  It inspired local citizens to action.  Itasca Progressive Caucus and Earth Circle are planning a subcommittee.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s preferred climate solution is known as Carbon Fee and Dividend.   It would create a national system that places a carbon fee on the source of fossil fuels and returns that revenue to households as a monthly energy dividend.   It is a climate change solution that economists and climate scientists alike say is the “best first-step” to preventing the worst impacts of a warming world.

Learn about the policy proposal HERE.

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s “CF&D” proposal will not replace taxes, create more regulations, or create a social programs--reasons why the proposal appeals to Republicans. The organization has created  the Climate Solution Caucus in the US House of Representatives.  Citizens in Minnesota’s Congressional District 8 are encouraged to contact Representative Nolan and ask him to find a Republican partner, and join the Caucus.  Currently the Climate Solution Caucus is composed of 12 Democrats and 12 Republicans.

Learn about the Climate Solution Caucus HERE.

Minnesota’s DFL 2016-2017 Action Agenda “supports legislation to aggressively reduce carbon emissions by putting a steadily rising, revenue-neutral fee on carbon that returns all revenue to households in monthly dividends”.  A local subcommittee can work with Two Harbors’ chapter and Duluth’s chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.  Together we can build political will in Congressional District 8 so that U.S. Representative Nolan will not only support “carbon fee-and-dividend” --which he already does--but will make it a champion issue. 

Thanks shout out to Vicki Andrews for organizing the event, and to the presenters: Mike Overend of Two Harbors CCL Chapter and Dr. Eric Enberg of Duluth CCL Chapter.