Citizens’ Climate Lobby focused on ‘revenue-neutral carbon tax’ |

Citizens’ Climate Lobby focused on ‘revenue-neutral carbon tax’

Troy Rampy wrote a heartfelt plea asking readers to take climate change seriously and seek solutions to stop the juggernaut. However, climate change advocacy’s first rule is: give the public hope the problem can be fixed.

If writers leave us hopeless and desperate, we’ll shut down, doing nothing.

What hope did Rampy give us? Suggestions like recycling, replacing energy-wasting light bulbs, appliances and cars, eating local produce? These individual acts won’t help unless the whole world cooperates. Where’s the hope?

He suggested we research environmental groups or reread Gore’s book to find national or international efforts worth supporting.

There’s no hope there because most national environmental groups insist partisan gridlock in Washington makes it impossible to introduce climate legislation for years.

That is, all except one organization. Citizens’ Climate Lobby has hope we’ll see legislation enacted in 2015.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby focuses razor-sharp attention on only one climate change solution: a revenue-neutral carbon tax, paid by fossil fuel producers and rebated to the public.

Unlike traditional environmental organizations, we aim to have a grassroots local chapter in every Congressional district, holding meetings and influencing policy in every representative’s and senator’s office.

Check us out. We offer hope.

Judy Weiss, Rabbi

Brookline, Mass.

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