From the MacArthur Foundation, a major CCL supporter, a comprehensive summary of the recent IPCC report, commissioned by the UN to explore the consequences of hitting global warming of 1.5C. (We've already hit 1C.)
It's a stark warning about the urgency of immediately "turning the world economy on a dime" away from fossil fuels -- a message lost on denier governments like the US, Australia and Brazil. Maneuvering the enormous machine of the world's energy economy that fast requires power steering:effective carbon pricing!
The United Nations report estimated that governments would need to impose effective carbon prices of $135 to $5,500 per ton of carbon dioxide pollution by 2030 to keep overall global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. CCL's proposal gets to $135/t in just 12 years while stimulating the economy and protecting household budgets.
L.A. Times endorses CCL's proposal over that of the Climate Leadership Council's plan, which includes shielding oil companies from liability and rollback of regulations.
"The plan pushed by the Citizens Climate Lobby would similarly escalate the per-ton tax over time and return the proceeds in a per-capita dividend, without the corporate giveaways. That’s a better option."
"Today, most companies use their significant lobbying influence to fight regulations and defang government. But that has to change in the face of this crisis. The first priority — which the IPCC makes clear — is to put a price on carbon. Companies must lobby for escalating prices on carbon everywhere."