Action Alert! Handwrite letters to MoCs about the REMI report

On June 9th, CCL released a study prepared by Regional Economic Models, Inc., on the economic impact of a nationwide carbon tax that returns revenue to households. This ground-breaking study shows that a steadily-rising tax on carbon can achieve the reductions we’re looking for in greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time ADDING jobs and wealth to the economy.

It is important that constituents bring this report to the attention of their members of Congress, especially as volunteers get ready to meet with them on Capitol Hill later this month.

Write a letter to your representatives and senators alerting them to the REMI study and asking them to support a carbon tax that returns revenue to households.

Talking points:

  • The  REMI study found that in 10 years, a carbon tax that increases $10 per ton of CO2 year will reduce emissions by 33 percent.
  • If all the revenue is returned to households, it will add 2.2 million jobs and increase GDP by $80 billion to $90 billion by 2025.
  • Border tariffs would keep the global playing field level for American companies. These border tariffs provide a strong incentive for other nations to follow our lead and implement their own carbon tax.
  • Carbon tax detractors say that it would kill jobs, but the REMI study shows that a carbon tax – done the right way – will actually create jobs.
  • President Obama has announced the new EPA regulations to reduce emissions at U.S. power plants. If Republicans don’t want more regulations, a revenue-neutral carbon tax provides a market-based alternative to regulation.
  • The recent National Climate Assessment on the impact of climate change in the U.S. leaves no doubt that steps must be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Regional breakdown of climate change impact from NCA can be found at http://www.climatesciencewatch.org/2014/05/13/2014-national-climate-assessment-key-findings-part-3-regions/

IMPORTANT: Any time you mail a letter to your Congressperson or Senators, please email Max at maxpkatz@gmail.com so that we can keep tally of your letters for our monthly field reports!

Addresses:
1st Congressional District
Congressman Tim Bishop
306 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3826

2nd Congressional District
Congressman Peter King
339 Cannon HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-7896

3rd Congressional District
Congressman Steve Israel
2457 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3335

4th Congressional District
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy
2346 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5516

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
478 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4451

Senator Charles Schumer
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington D.C. 20510
Phone: 202-224-6542

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