For the past decade, Citizens Climate Lobby has been playing the "long game," slowly building grassroots support and bipartisan buy-in for a way to drive down carbon pollution and bring climate change under control.
Those efforts have paid off with a bill in Congress, HR763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. The bill may face long odds of passing anytime soon, but it provides some reassurance that members of Congress are finding common ground to talk about climate solutions. The bill has bipartisan support in the House, and sponsors are working with members of the Senate to do the same.
There have actually been four pieces of legislation introduced in Congress — all centered on the idea of taxing carbon pollution. We find the carbon fee and dividend proposal perhaps the most elegant because it's based on market principles and doesn't ask anyone to sacrifice their political values.
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