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REPORT BACK: Citizens’ Climate Lobby meeting with Rep. John Katko’s District Director, Tom Connellan

In Climate, Katko, Report Back on February 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Submitted by Diane Williamson:

“Members of the Syracuse chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby met with Rep. John Katko’s District Director, Tom Connellan, as well as his Deputy Director, to make the case for a federal carbon fee and rebate law. CCL’s proposal, which already has bi-partisan support, involves levying a fee on all fossil fuel producers based on the amount of carbon dioxide pollution the fuel produces.

The fee is to be revenue neutral because all of the money will be rebated back to households to make up for rising fuel prices. For the lower two-thirds of income-earners the rebate will more than off-set the rise. Fossil fuels would eventually become more expensive than renewable alternatives. A “carbon tax” in any form is largely believed by environmental policy makers and economists to be the most effective way to address the problem of climate change. The fee and rebate proposal would also be good for the economy, both because of the monthly rebate checks and the growth in green jobs.

Connellan promised to report on the proposal to Katko, and he urged CCL to meet with the D.C. office. He was interested in the proposal, especially the benefits it promises for the NY economy but was concerned about possible harm to American businesses in the global market. The three-part legislation also includes a provision to tax imports from countries without a similar carbon fee program, addressing Connellan’s concern.

CCL’s mission overall is to build political will for meaningful climate change legislation and empower people to engage in politics. Please consider joining us! For more information see the national website, citizensclimatelobby.org, or email the chapter head, Kyle Thomas at kthomas@naturalsystemsengineering.com

Submit your own Report Back, Lobby Visit, or Event/Action Summary to Independent Media CNY for publication and archival recording online – indymediacny@gmail.com

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