Marin CCL Newsletter
August 18, 2021
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CCL exists to create the political will for climate solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power. -- Mission Statement
On to the House!
50,000 messages were delivered to the U.S. Senate for carbon pricing last month.
Now, on to the House.
It's August and the traffic in Marin is light. Where is everyone? Is half the population is on vacation? Congress is too, and after what they've been through since January they deserve a break.

But there will be no break. Nature has taken no rest, nor is it giving any. The Book of Revelations is on display around the world on the nightly news.

Critical work continues as the budget reconciliation process takes shape in Washington. Thus, Congress still needs to hear loud and clear support from citizens for meaningful, effective carbon pricing to be included in their work product. Nothing less will suffice.

Our superb representative, Jared Huffman, has endorsed the carbon fee, dividend and border carbon adjustment in the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA), which now has 80 cosponsors. We thank him and applaud his support.

Even supportive leaders need and deserve encouragement.

You can support Rep. Huffman's decision to endorse the features in the EICDA by voicing your desire that the reconciliation package include a price on carbon. If you'd like to further personalize your message, you can specify not just a price on carbon, but specifically a carbon fee, dividend and border carbon adjustment -- the solution recommended by a consensus of US economists and a host of serious international organizations including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, The United Nations, business groups and many others.

As of August 17, over 5,000 calls and emails have landed in the House. Importantly, members of Congress receive weekly stats about their constituents' key concerns. This campaign aims to elevate carbon pricing to the top. Your voice will count. Please encourage your friends and family to join in. It'll take two minutes. Thank you.

Watch Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, climate warrior, discuss strategy and CCL's efforts.
And should you need more talking points...

How “Carbon Fee and Dividend” Serves Economic and Environmental Justice -- by Jonathan Marshall, Marin CCL, former economics editor, S.F. Chronicle. Understand how CF&D satisfies the imperative for social justice.

Fareed Zakaria takes a look at why pricing carbon pollution is the simplest, most elegant way to decarbonize the global economy.
Broadcast June 20, 2021

More evidence that we are out of time and need rapidly acting solutions:

Siberia’s wildfires are bigger than all the world’s other blazes combined -- WaPo

More than 150 million people are under heat alerts as much of the U.S. is scorched again this week. -- NYT

IPCC: 5 takeaways from the major new U.N. climate report. -- NYT

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published the first part of its sixth assessment report (AR6), which will form the cornerstone of climate science for the years ahead.

Summarizing the “physical science basis” for climate change, the report pulls together the findings from more than 14,000 peer-reviewed studies. 

The authors conclude that it is “unequivocal” that humans have warmed the planet, causing “widespread and rapid” changes to Earth’s oceans, ice and land surface. They warn that the present state of many parts of the climate system is “unprecedented over many centuries to many thousands of years”.

Many of these changes – particularly to the oceans, ice sheets and global sea levels – are “irreversible”. Abrupt changes and “tipping points” – such as rapid Antarctic ice sheet melt and forest dieback – “cannot be ruled out”.

Grim. What can you do? Scroll up and follow CCL's lead to contact Congress. You'll feel better. Also follow local guidelines on water conservation and fire safety. Be prepared! And remember: Action is the antidote to despair.
You're invited, but...
This is how one behaves inside The Capitol:
Make an appointment. Business attire recommended. Bring nothing that even looks like a weapon.

If you know someone who would like to be added to this distribution list, please send their email after obtaining their permission, or better yet, have them join CCL.
Prepared by Peter G. Joseph, M.D. 
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