Marin Chapter Special Solstice Newsletter
June 21, 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

Our fearless representative in Congress, Jared Huffman, has signed on to the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, joining 70 colleagues who understand that effective carbon pricing is fundamental to steering the economy away from dirty fossil fuels and towards clean renewable energy. Twenty-two CA House members now cosponsor the bill.

CCL deeply appreciates the respectful relationship we've built over the years and Rep. Huffman's openness to frankly discussing differing policy viewpoints. He's a consummate professional whom we are fortunate to have representing us at this fraught time.

Climate policy will soon be decided, and those decisions will reverberate for millennia as Nature obeys the laws of physics. We remain hopeful that effective carbon pricing will be part of the policy outcome with Rep. Huffman's help.

Let him know we've got his back.

And here's the 4 minute elevator pitch:
Fareed Zakaria
Fareed takes a look at why pricing carbon pollution is the simplest, most elegant way to decarbonize the global economy.
June 20, 2021
Let's Help Local Business and Community Leaders Raise Their Voices for A Climate Solution 

As the climate crisis deepens and the debate over how to address it intensifies, major corporations are weighing in, and national business organizations such as The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable and American Petroleum Institute have publicly recognized the urgent need for effective carbon pricing. 

As a grassroots organization with chapters in every congressional district, CCL members are also helping local community and business leaders to bring their voices to the attention of policymakers. Already a wide swath of prominent individuals, small businesses, educational, faith and nonprofit groups have supported the 71 members of Congress co-sponsoring the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, our favored House legislation. 

Rep. Huffman is now among those supporters. It's important to back him up, as he will undoubtedly take flack from trolls, bots and those who convinced we don't have a serious problem. Please thank Rep. Huffman yourself!

If you run a business or nonprofit, or have a connection to someone who does, please let our Business Outreach Team know. A personal touch always makes it more likely. And we have prizes! You'll have a chance to win a gift certificate courtesy of two local stores which have endorsed the legislation.

For specifics, please read this letter from our outreach team leader. Thank you!
What's new with the new
Energy Innovation Act?

71 House cosponsors and counting, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus. And the controversial "pause" is gone.

Momentum is building in Marin for HR 2307. Recent endorsers include MCE (Marin Clean Energy), Canal Alliance, Marin County Bicycle Coalition, Mike's Bikes, San Rafael Airport and the Green Business Committee of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce. Thank you!
Extra Credit:
Republicans need to engage in climate politics -- Utah state R's advocate a national carbon dividend approach. Hello, Mitt -- Deseret News

Will Biden Be Forced to Give Up What Some Say is His Best Shot at Tackling Climate Change?  The mandate for increasing the share of U.S. electricity that comes from carbon-free sources (Clean Electricity Standard) has been taking a beating on Capitol Hill. -- ICN [Maybe a carbon tax is a better idea.]

How “Carbon Fee and Dividend” Serves Economic and Environmental Justice -- Jonathan Marshall, Marin CCL. [Understand how CFD satisfies the imperative for social justice.]

When Did Environmentalists Stop Hugging Trees? -- Haas Energy Institute, U.C. Berkeley. [Learn about the ineffectiveness of "carbon offsets" found in cap and trade schemes. There are none with a carbon tax.]
If you still think we have plenty of time to address climate disruption, watch this stunning David Attenborough production. Then ask yourself how we get ourselves out of this mess while fossil fuels remain artificially "cheap." A carbon tax can act fast, like your favorite headache medicine, while other measures work their way through the complex legislative and legal process. Netflix
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