California: California's First Climate Credit arrived on electricity bills in April 2014. Here is a link to the website for the State's marketing of the Credit. If you think more people should receive the proceeds from the sale of greenhouse gas allowances, you can donate your credit to the Center for Climate Protection, a group that advocates for Cap & Dividend. Read more about the Climate Credit here.
The Credit came about after years of advocacy, culminating in the California Public Utilities Commission's decision to return proceeds from the electricity sector to ratepayers, with a portion as an equal per household "climate dividend" rebate. The State continues to refine its plans for use of auction proceeds (currently much is going towards projects such as high-speed rail and transit-oriented development), and is accepting public comment on the best use of revenues from a carbon price.
More at California news.
Nationally: Members of Congress are introducing climate bills, many of which include returning revenues from a carbon price back to households. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2015, with 100% dividend return. In the previous Congress, Senator Van Hollen released a nearly identical bill on July 30, 2014. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a bill that returns 60% of revenues to households. The previous round of climate bills in 2009 included a bill from Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the CLEAR Act, which would have auctioned GHG permits and return 75% of revenues back to consumers through Cap and Dividend. Write to your Senator. Several cities endorsed the CLEAR Act. More info at www.supportclearact.com. Go to National news.
Internationally: CapGlobalCarbon is the name of a new international citizen-led initiative for an upstream cap on carbon, an auction of permits, and return of the revenues back to everyone, globally. Stay tuned for updates leading up to the UN Conference in Paris December 2015.Go to International news.
New - Customize and print out your own printable U.S. dividend (pdf) or printable California dividend (pdf), which you can give to people and use at events.
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