Can HR 763 co-exist with the Green New Deal? Citizens’ Climate Lobby (“CCL”) emphatically believes that it can. The just-released GND resolution calls for development of a legislative agenda by 2020 and become carbon neutral within 10 years. CCL supports linking HR 763 to the GND. The ready-to-implement legislation could be a powerful first step in any long-term, multifaceted program to address climate change. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act will drive down America’s carbon pollution and bring climate change under control, while unleashing American technology innovation and ingenuity.
At last week’s CCL’s monthly meeting, the basic tenets of HR 763 as well as its enormous carbon reduction and economic potential were outlined. Part two of the tutorial next month, will show how the bill's border adjustment tax will ensure American manufacturers aren't penalized in the global marketplace by the carbon fee as well as how it leverages the economic might of the world's largest economy (that's us!) to encourage climate action around the world.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not birth the concept of the GND, but has certainly helped to shape it and has become a beacon holding the light to the vision of a sustainable world. And at age 29, she has become the face of her generation’s bold plea for a livable world for future generations. I feel hopeful for the new female thought, heart, and vision emerging in Congress.
CCL’s mission is to build political will to stabilize climate and to empower citizens to exercise their personal and political power. These are the five core activities that all CCL chapters leverage to bring citizens into the political process and to ensure their contribution is constructive and makes more good possible. These activities are called the “levers of political will.”
1. Lobbying: Training citizens how to lobby in support of the Carbon Fee and Dividend
2. Media relations: Training citizens how to engage with and influence the media.
3. Addresses Grassroots outreach: Recruiting and educating the public on climate solutions, citizen advocacy and how to participate with government.
4. Grasstops outreach: Educating, building partnerships with and gaining the support of community leaders.
5. Chapter development: Growing the local CCL group/chapter to push on the other four levers for building political will.
The Pasadena Foothills chapter of CCL gathers every second Saturday, next on Sat March 9, 9:30-12, at Neighborhood Church, second floor.