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Highlights from 2017 Congressional Education Day

By Flannery Winchester, Citizens Climate Lobby

What an incredible week! CCL’s 4th annual Congressional Education Day was our largest November lobbying event to date, with more than 600 attendees registered and more than 400 lobby meetings scheduled on the Hill.

Even with 600 CCLers there in person, we know there were thousands more across the country who would have loved to be with us. For that reason, we captured and shared lots of the conference on social media, so everyone could join in virtually. Here is a roundup of the highlights.

About Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL)
CCL is working toward legislation that would:

  • Place a fee on fossil fuels at the source: well, mine or port of entry.
  • Distribute the net revenues to U.S. households to offset higher energy costs.
  • Include a border tariff adjustment to discourage businesses from relocating where they can emit more CO2. This will also encourage other nations to adopt equivalent carbon pricing.

Nebraska currently has 5 CCL Chapters. To learn more, click a link, below, to a chapter near you, or visit CCL’s website to read about ways you can become involved.

The Climate Solutions Caucus: Currently there are 62 Members: 31 Republicans and 31 Democrats.

Climate Solutions Caucus

OTOC officially endorses the Carbon Fee and Dividend plan in response to climate change

OTOC’s Environmental Sustainability Action Team (ESAT) is committed to educating and promoting solutions to climate change. At the September 11, 2017 OTOC Steering Committee Meeting, ESAT presented the Citizens’ Climate Lobby plan for reducing CO2 emissions. It is a plan for federal legislation termed Carbon Fee and Dividend.  The Steering Committee came to a consensus to endorse the plan as a way to reduce CO2 emissions and their harmful effect on the climate.

As a method of transitioning consumers away from carbon fossil fuels and toward sustainable energy sources, the Carbon Fee and Dividend plan puts a fee on fossil fuels at their source, i.e., mine, well or port. The fees will then be passed on to the consumers of products that fossil fuels affect. 

The collected fees will be divided equally and a monthly dividend will be sent to each household in the country. Thus, households that have spent less on fossil fuel products will receive the same dividend as those households that have spent more on these fossil fuels.  Household members may spend the dividend in any manner. This is a market based approach to move our economy away from a reliance on carbon based fossil fuels and towards renewable and cleaner energies.

ESAT wants to help educate our community and has training materials prepared, so if your church or institution would like to learn more about the Carbon Fee and Dividend Plan, contact Mary Ruth Stegman at maryruth@cox.net.

Endorsement Statement.

Also visit the Citizens’ Climate Lobby website to learn more about their campaign.

Nebraska CCL Chapters

The business case for pollinator-friendly solar sites

By Steve Levitsky, Brian Riddle, Dennis Van Engelsdorp, and Albert Todd Published by GreenBiz

Pollinator habitat on solar sites is a common practice in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and is abundantly feasible wherever solar installations are replacing row crops. The practice simply uses a different seed mix — not turf grass — to create a low-growing and shade-tolerant flowering meadow. These flowering plants have many agricultural and ecological benefits. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that globally, 75 percent of food crops rely at least partially on pollination. Pollinator-friendly solar sites can bring pollinators into closer contact with food crops. Read more here.

Photo Credit: Fresh Energy

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What is the Climate Solutions Caucus?
Citizens Climate Lobby Website Post

The Climate Solutions Caucus is a bipartisan group in the US House of Representatives which will explore policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. The caucus was founded in February of 2016 by two south-Florida representatives Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) who will serve as co-chairs of the caucus.

“The Caucus will serve as an organization to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and protect our nation’s economy, security, infrastructure, agriculture, water supply and public safety,” according to documents filed with the Committee on House Administration. Membership will be kept even between Democrats and Republicans.
Click here to read more.