Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.
The Sacramento Chapter is one of 600+ active chapters around the world.
What we do:
We lobby in support of bipartisan national legislation by building helpful, friendly relationships with our federally elected representatives, with respect, appreciation and gratitude for their service.
We write letters to the editor and op-eds, and meet with editorial boards to gain their editorial endorsement. Additionally, we work with digital media, radio, TV and all forms of social media.
We give presentations and do outreach at community events to promote CCL and introduce others to the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 2307.
We support our volunteer chapters with monthly conference calls, and we support the leaders of those chapters with weekly conference calls.
There was a lot of activity towards passing climate legislation in the fall of 2021. The Biden Administration and Congress included strong climate action in the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was signed into law in November.
The Build Back Better Bill included climate and clean energy provisions that, if enacted, would have helped to put the United States on the path to a stable climate future while creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs. The House passed the bill in November but it failed to pass in the Senate. It provided $555 billion for climate legislation.
To meet Biden's goal of achieving a reduction in emissions equivalent to 50% of 2005 emissions by 2030, these climate policies must be supplemented by a price on carbon.
In the spring of 2022 we find that climate change is not at the top of the Congressional agenda. Once again we must be patient and apply firm pressure.
To encourage our elected representatives to support a price on carbon, Citizens' Climate Lobby has initiated an outreach campaign to contact our members of the House, Senate and President Biden to request them to pass strong climate legislation in 2022. If you want to write, start here.
In the House, Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL) sponsored a carbon fee and dividend bill which reduces emissions and protects poor and middle class households through a dividend. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (H.R. 2307) will drive down America's carbon pollution and bring climate change under control, while unleashing American technology innovation and ingenuity. April 2021
In the Senate, the Save Our Future Act (S. 2085) was
Introduced by Sheldon Whitehouse and Brian Schatz. It is sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Chris Murphy (D-CT). It includes strong provisions to reduce harmful air pollutants in frontline communities and it returns significant funds to these communities, as well as to American families in general, in order to support economic growth and to offset climate damages. June 2021
In the 116th Congress, 12 (twelve!) carbon pricing bills were proposed (some are Republican sponsored). This shows the increasing popularity and viability of such legislation.
What We Believe
Politicians don't create political will, they respond to it.
Citizens, organized by Congressional district, who are well trained and have a good system of support, can more than influence the political process.
In respect for all viewpoints, even for those who would oppose us.
Based on what both climate scientists and economists tell us, we believe that putting a price on carbon and returning the fees to households is the best first step to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to mitigate the impacts of a changing climate.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!