Sacramento Chapter News
HR 2307 Re-introduced
April 2021 – Earlier in the month, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2021, H.R. 2307, was re-introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL-22) and 28 original cosponsors. Three weeks later, the bill had 40 co-sponsors, 14 from California. As of early July, there were 77 co-sponsors signed on!
The bill would put a rising price on carbon pollution to get America to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The carbon price revenue would be allocated to Americans through monthly dividend checks. Studies show that these checks would make the bill revenue neutral for the majority of middle class and low income families.
Since the legislation’s original introduction in November of 2018, Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers here in Sacramento and across the country have worked to build support for it. By the end of the 116th Congress, the bill had grown to 85 co-sponsors, including Congressman Dr. Ami Bera of District CA 07.
“Carbon pricing will quickly reduce the pollution that’s causing climate change. Plus, a carbon dividend check will help people like me with energy costs as America transitions to a clean-energy economy,” local volunteer Kim Dunn explained. “Representatives Bera and Matsui should waste no time expressing support for a policy like this.”
“California is again facing a drought in 2021 which will result in more wildfires, less water for farmers, businesses and families. There will be increased negative health impacts such as asthma, heat stroke and even deaths from wildfire smoke and from very hot summer days with high pollution. These negative impacts will only get worse until we are able to reduce fossil fuel emissions. H.R. 2307 incentivizes business, individuals and entrepreneurs to look for ways to reduce carbon emissions ”
Carbon pricing is popular beyond just this group of local advocates. Nationally CCL volunteers held hundreds of lobby meetings with congressional offices in March and April to build support for carbon pricing legislation. In Sacramento, we met with the staff of both Representatives Bera and Matsui and will continue to do so.
Read more about Ted Deutch’s bill, H.R. 2307
Lobby Meeting with the U.S. Representative of CA District 7
Members of CCL Sacramento meet with Representative Ami Bera, MD and staff to ask the Congressman for his support of HR 2307.
Our chapter was happy to support Dr. Bera's efforts to inform his constituents about the health implications of wildfire smoke in a webinar earlier this year.