Bringing Carbon Fee and Dividend Legislation to Congress

Post date: Oct 10, 2016 8:17:57 PM

In late June, four members of the Yolo chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby – Rob & Terry Beggs of Woodland and Mike Russell and Stu Pettygrove of Davis – traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 2016 CCL Conference and Lobby Day, attended by more than 1,000 CCL chapter leaders, congressional liaisons, and members. The conference keynote address was delivered by Dr. Michael Mann, whose research led to the famous “hockey stick” graph that shows the alarming rise in average global temperatures during the 20th Century.

At the opening session on June 19th, CCL executive director Mark Reynolds got us fired up with the following statement:

“By the end of 2017, we will have Congress pass a bill that places a fee on carbon and returns the revenue to households. I’m asking people who are already 100% committed to go all in at another level.”

This was the moment – electrifying and just a little scary – that we had been waiting for –many of us for years – and it got us up on our feet!

Stu Pettygrove