Tell your elected officials: Pass fair carbon fee legislation!

Power PlantLast month, four members of Congress released a new proposal that would establish a fee on carbon emissions. Rep. Henry Waxman and Rep. Earl Blumenauer joined with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Sen. Brian Schatz to craft this proposal and are now asking for public comments regarding details of the bill. This is an opportunity for you and members of your congregation to help design legislation that will limit the effects of global warming and climate change. Additionally, you can write your Senators and Congressional Representatives to pass a carbon fee bill that is fair and effective.

Carbon-based energy sources such as coal, oil, and natural gas add tons of pollution every day as they are mined or drilled from the earth, burned to produce  electricity and manufacture products, used in transportation, and disposed of as waste material. All this carbon-based energy use contributes to global climate change, serious health problems in children and adults, and sea level rise as temperatures warm. We cannot continue to use carbon-based energy sources and ensure a livable planet for future generations.

Why do we need a carbon fee and what will it do?

  • A carbon fee will use the free market system to establish an incentive for energy users to switch to sources that are cheaper and renewable.
  • It will establish a price per ton of carbon that can be annually increased to produce more revenue and reduce carbon pollution.
  • It will return the revenue to the American people in a fair and balanced way that will include citizens at all levels of income.
  • It will reduce the use of fossil fuels that leads to the harmful effects of air pollution.  It will help our children breathe.

As people of faith, we are called to take care of Creation now and for future generations after us. Take action:

1. Help shape future legislation by submitting your comments on the carbon fee proposal before April 12th. Submit here.

2. Use the letter below to write your Senators and your U.S. Representative and tell them we need a just and significant fee on carbon that will move us away from this harmful energy source and towards sustainable energy solutions.

For additional information see: Washington Post, New York Times, POWER Magazine, Overview from Sen. Whitehouse

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    • Your Senators
    • Your Representative

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