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Hello carbon tax friends:

* I’m delighted to announce that Akua Konadu is joining the CarbonWA team! Akua is a student at the University of Washington Tacoma, obtaining a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and a minor in Business Administration.

* Events: Tuesday is the next meeting of Governor Inslee’s Climate Taskforce; there’s supposed to be a presentation on the BC carbon tax (!) as well as the CA cap-and-trade system, and Vivian Weber and I will be there taking notes, so we’ll have a full report in the next email blast. Then next Monday (June 30) is the final Seattle Chamber / WA Clean Tech Alliance lunch panel on carbon pricing, this one focusing on cap-and-trade. (I was on the previous panel, on carbon taxes.)

* Readings: I recommend “The coming climate crash” from former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, who writes “The solution can be a fundamentally conservative one that will empower the marketplace to find the most efficient response. We can do this by putting a price on emissions of carbon dioxide — a carbon tax.” (Paulson is joining Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer in pushing for climate action through a project called Risky Business.) Also Bloomberg View’s “How to sell a carbon tax”: “Smartly framed, a carbon tax has a fighting chance of success. And here’s how to frame it: Dedicate all the revenue, not just some, to cutting other taxes.”

* CCL Request: Citizens Climate Lobby is a terrific group focused on a national fee-and-dividend proposal, and Anne Engstrom with the Seattle chapter of CCL asked us to share a request (below) to help lay the groundwork for their D.C. lobby day this coming Tuesday (tomorrow!) by calling your federal representatives on Monday (today!) to push for a price on carbon. Details below, and those of you calling Senator Maria Cantwell (202-224-3441) might give her kudos for the cap-and-dividend CLEAR Act she co-sponsored in 2009, and those of you calling Seattle-area Rep Jim McDermott (202-225-3106) might give him kudos for the tax-and-dividend bill that he introduced last month (Managed Carbon Price Act of 2014, H.R. 4754).

PS. As always, comments welcome on the blog. And BTW it appears that some folks might still be keen to donate $100 to CarbonWA in order to get a signed copy of The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change, so follow the links if that’s you! (As noted earlier, I’m donating to CarbonWA all my royalties for this year, up to $10k, and thanks to all of you who donated so far.)

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Make a Call, and Stand with CCL for the Climate

What’s happening: On June 24, over 600 volunteers from Citizens’ Climate Lobby will be in Washington, DC lobbying their members of Congress to support Fee and Dividend legislation. These volunteers are traveling from all across the US on their own dime to make the case for what they see as the best first step to a stable climate and a livable world. As of June 5, these volunteers had already scheduled 400 meetings with congressional offices, even though many offices will not make an appointment more than 1-2 weeks in advance. Their effort will leave a mark.

How to Help: This effort will leave a bigger mark with your help. Citizens’ Climate Lobby is asking people concerned about the climate to share that concern with their members of Congress on June 23, and to express their desire for serious congressional action on climate. We hope this will accomplish two goals:

  1. Calls will send a message about how many people in their district care about the climate.
  2. It will focus their attention on the issue, increasing the chances that our volunteers willbe able to break through in their meetings the next day.

What to Say: The message can be short and simple. For example:

“Hi, my name is _____ and I’m a constituent. I’m very concerned about climate change, and I want the Congressman to consider serious legislation to fix this problem. Thank you, and have a nice day.”

That’s all you have to say. Ready to help? If you are able to take a minute to call your US representative and senators on 6/23/14, you can find the right phone numbers here: http://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup

If you want to make life really easy for the CCL volunteers at the conference, consider also telling your representative and senators that you agree with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and you think Carbon Fee and Dividend is the policy you want. On June 9, CCL released a study showing that Fee and Dividend will:

  • Reduce CO2 emissions by 33 percent after 10 years, 52 percent after 20 years.
  • Create 2.1 million jobs in the first 10 years.
  • Add between $70 and $85 billion to annual gross domestic product (GDP) after 2020.
  • Save 227,000 American lives over 20 years because of reduced air pollution.You can learn more about Fee and Dividend at citizensclimatelobby.org. THANK YOU for making your calls on 6/23/14! Together we can save our climate for this and future generations!

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