Declare Energy Independence with Carbon Dividends

Taking action on climate is about a lot more than our energy economy. Climate disruption is the leading threat to our built environment, an accelerant of armed conflict, and a leading cause of mass migration. Its effects intensify and prolong storms, droughts, wildfires, and floods — resulting in the US spending as much on disaster…

Why Climate Action Opponent Tony Abbott was Ousted

Australian PM Tony Abbott, who dismantled a policy to price carbon, rose to power by attacking and dividing—a strategy that eventually backfired.  Tony Abbott came into office with a hard-charging campaign against his predecessors, and a vow to repeal Australia’s carbon pricing law. Abbott had been close to the coal industry and had opposed Australia…

CCL2015: Full Conference Report

An idea whose time has come In 2010, when Citizens’ Climate Lobby brought 25 citizen volunteers to Capitol Hill, it felt like a big challenge to get enough people to go the distance, to meet with all 535 voting members of Congress. This year, we brought 36 times as many people, and it is looking more…

Earth Day Comment: We are Living the Transition

We are now living in the beginning of a period of global transition. Over the next two decades we will be rebuilding the infrastructure of our civilization. We could choose to replace existing infrastructure with something similar, but slightly newer and more expensive… or we could choose to build the economy of the future. There’s…

Citizens Climate Lobby: A Peaceful Army of Citizens Doing Good

It is my great privilege to be working for Citizens Climate Lobby. After four years volunteering with this tremendous family of committed, engaged citizens, all collaborating to ensure a safe, secure climate future, through genuine democratic process, this month I was hired as Strategic Coordinator. I don’t think it would be possible to find a…

You Already Pay a Carbon Tax

…to the oil companies. [ The Note for December 2013 ] It is estimated that nearly $5 trillion per year is spent to support the fossil fuel industry globally by governments (in the form of subsidies, tax credits and other industry support spending) and through hidden “externalized” costs paid by governments and consumers alike (some…

Building a Green Economy: a Talk at Columbia University

Building a Green Economy How to Avert Extreme Carbon Asset Risk, Price Carbon Affordably & Achieve Climate Resiliency 7:45 pm – 9:45 pm Monday, November 11, 2013 Columbia University Faculty House Presidential Room 64 Morningside Drive New York, NY 10027 >>> Click here to register – It’s free Due to the urgent need for the United…

We know how to solve the climate crisis

While vested interests push risky schemes like the Keystone XL pipeline, which will gravely exacerbate the climate destabilization we already face, global human industry has now pushed atmospheric CO2 concentrations to 400 ppm, 50% above the norm for almost all of the history of our species. We need to change course and organize our relationship…

Carbon Fee and Dividend: to Spur Job Creation, Industrial Boom

Carbon → Fee → Dividend → Simple    Fee on carbon-emitting fuels, at the source (mine, well, port of entry)    100% of revenues returned, in equal shares, to every household, every month    Non-protectionist border adjustment, to ensure level playing field    Power over energy economy returned to consumers    Major energy-sector investment flows…

Pago por carbono y dividendo: para un futuro próspero y sostenible

En la crisis climático-energética, necesitamos soluciones sabias, formidables y asequibles. Es necesario construir cuanto antes una economía verde y sostenible, una economía a base de recursos energéticos limpios y condicionada para sostener una prosperidad no corrosiva. La mejor manera de promover la inyección masiva de capital privado en el proceso de re-invención del mercado energético…