California: California's Climate Credit first 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.
News: 5-1-17: SB775, proposed by State Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) California Proposes Ambitious New Cap-and-Trade Program "Around 90 percent of the revenue from the program, which would raise several billion dollars annually and climb steadily over time, would go back to California citizens in the form of a "climate dividend rebate."" Read more at California news.
Nationally: Members of Congress have been 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. Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) introduced a Fee and Dividend (REBATE) bill. 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. Read more at 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. An international delegation travelled to the UN Conference in Paris December 2015 to promote CapGlobalCarbon. Read more at 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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