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New Hampshire State Coordinator, Citizens' Climate Lobby

B.S. in Biology from BC. Sun Microsystems 20 yrs and Oracle 10. Now a full-time volunteer, CCL NH South Central Chapter Leader, and NH State Coordinator at Citizen's Climate Lobby.Recent...

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Hello COP26 observers,

 
Many actions are needed to adequately address climate change: making informed individual decisions, helping raise awareness about dangers and costs, engaging in local, state, and federal level policy, and global awareness.  We need to do things ranging in scope from reducing GHG emissions and plastics/waste to making investments in energy efficiency and transportation infrastructure.
 
At COP26, many leaders are saying a global base-level carbon price is needed. In the last minute of this video, the head of the WTO discusses the need for a global carbon price floor - with a higher carbon price in wealthier countries and a lower one in developing countries: https://twitter.com/questCNN/status/1456368933766844422?t=yT5kungrprBoD3FYrZoArw&s=19
 
Individual countries that are already pricing carbon are calling on other nations to do it also as needed to avoid carbon leakage.  Canada and others called out this week:  https://twitter.com/JPTasker/status/1455477381091704835?s=20
 
If you usually focus on a different aspect of energy, please take a little time to read why nearly every leading US expert strongly recommends including cash-back carbon pricing in the climate solutions mix:  clcouncil.org/economists-statement.  Links to why the IPCC, IMF, OECD, World Bank, and WEF are strong proponents of carbon pricing are available in the first sentence at carboncashback.org/carbon-cash-back.
“Explicit carbon prices remain a necessary condition of ambitious climate policies” - IPCC SR15 chapter 4.4.5.2
Carbon leakage is a problem with every climate policy, but as with other important aspects of climate policies, carbon pricing offers the most straightforward way to address it - by allowing policymakers to harmonize prices between countries.
 
The only problem with cash-back carbon pricing is the political hurdles it faces in the US.  This is due to decades of disinformation and delay funded by fossil fuel interests and disinformation by Murdock (WSJ, Fox News, News Corp) and other 'free-market fundamentalist' ideologically-motivated media, because government intervention in the energy market to impose an explicit price on carbon by charging fossil fuels producers a carbon fee is the biggest threat to the fossil fuel business.  The resulting lack of political will in the US to do what is necessary has motivated some policy wonks to give up on carbon pricing in favor of second-best solutions (less powerful, more expensive), with the idea that doing something is better than trying to do the impossible.  Many of those other policies are complementary to carbon pricing and we should do them too.  Some are redundant with carbon pricing, and spending time and effort on those rather than on carbon pricing just further delays doing what we need to do.
 
Had Congress legislated the Carbon Fee and Dividend policy 30 years ago, US (and likely global) emissions would have dropped 90% by now, leaving us with little left to do, and time and resources to focus on other concerns today.  But as with planting a tree, the next best time to do it is right now.  However, now we also need to do many other things as well because of waiting too long to do what was required.
 
If you haven't already contacted Congress this week to ask them to include carbon pricing in the reconciliation package - please take this powerful 1-minute action right now to help advance this critical policy at the federal and global levels:  cclusa.org/write.  Congress is teetering on the edge of taking this most substantial step, but they need to hear from more of us to give them the courage to follow through.
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Michael Keller on Nov 15, 2021

Contact Congress and tell them to stop squandering our money on green energy. 

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