Bozeman Citizens Climate Lobby Monthly Meeting and National Conference Call
March 4, 7pm at St James Episcopal Church, 5 W. Olive St. (See: Google Maps)
Meet great people working towards a practical solution to our climate crisis: Carbon Fee and Dividend
Guest on the conference call is Eli Lehrer, President of R Street Institute
Eli Lehrer is president and co-founder of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank based in Washington, D.C. Prior to co-founding R Street, Lehrer was vice president of the Heartland Institute. He also played a major role in founding SmarterSafer.org, a coalition of taxpayer, environmental, insurance and free-market groups dedicated to risk-based insurance rates, mitigation and environmental protection. On our March call, Lehrer will discuss the no-nonsense view of climate change held by the insurance and re-insurance industry, which has the most to lose for getting it wrong.
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Help plan the "Montanans for Climate Solutions Parade and Rally", starting at Bogert Park at noon. Contact [masked] to sign up your group, church, or business as a participant or sponsor.
SAVE THE DATE: Next Meeting Tuesday April 8th at 7pm, St. James Episcopal Church at 5 West Olive and So. Tracy (See: Google Maps)
Letter of the Month: Hand write a letter to Senator Tester!
This was a letter from last month, but if you didn't get a chance, it's still a good one! THANK Senator Tester for NOT signing on with 22 of his fellow senators, asking President Obama to stop implementation of EPA regulations to limit carbon, saying that such regulations will have a detrimental impact on low- and middle-income families.
The story about this in The Hill can be read here. More on the EPA regs here. Talking points about climate effects, impacts on the most vulnerable, and carbon tax here.
This provides an excellent opportunity to communicate with Senator Tester in a positive way and tell him (in your own words): We share their concern about the economic impact that EPA regulations will have on the poor, but we’re also concerned about the impact that climate change will have on the poor and all Americans. You can address both of these issues by supporting a tax on carbon that returns 100% of the revenue to households, easing the transition to efficiency and renewables. Two thirds of households would break even or benefit from the refund. Ask him to support this solution. Ask if he will communicate with Senate Finance Committee leadership and request that the committee hold hearings on a revenue-neutral carbon tax, inviting conservative economists like Greg Mankiw.
Send the letter to: Sen. Tester, U.S. Senate,Washington, DC 20510. Then send Kristen an email at [masked] to say you sent the letter (snail mail). CCL loves to track the numbers!
Questions? Email [masked] or call Kristen at[masked]
What's a Carbon Fee and Dividend?
1. A tax is placed on carbon-based fuels at the source (well, mine, goods at port of entry).
2. This tax starts at $15 per ton of fossil CO2 emitted, and increases steadily each year by $10 so that clean energy is cheaper than fossil fuels within a decade.
3. All of the money collected is returned to American households on an equitable basis.
4. Under this plan 66% percent of all households would break even or receive more in their dividend check than they would pay for the increased cost of energy, thereby protecting the poor and middle class .
5. A predictably increasing carbon price will send a clear market signal which will unleash entrepreneurs and investors in the new clean-energy economy.
 “Tax Shifts”. March 21, 2011. The Carbon Tax Center. Last accessed: 5-23-13. URL: http://www.carbontax.org/issues/tax-shifts/