The science is abundantly clear: climate change is human-caused, already devastating communities and habitats across the world, and will only get worse without global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
It is already contributing to more frequent and intense extreme weather events, sea level rise, drought, and species extinction.
FCNL believes that our moral obligation to address climate change and protect vulnerable communities transcends partisanship.
The U.S. Congress is pivotal to national and global efforts to curb climate change and its disastrous consequences. While state and local governments are taking important action, action at the federal level is vital in order to honor our international climate commitments and shift our economy away from reliance on fossil fuels.
Our moral obligation to address climate change and protect vulnerable communities transcends partisanship.
A majority of the American people believe that Congress is doing too little to address climate change. It is time for the federal government to become responsive to that concern.
Concerned grassroots activists – along with front-line communities and national security, environmental, science, and religious leaders – are working to foster a bipartisan and cooperative spirit in Congress to address climate change. By supporting collaboration across partisan lines, we are paving the way for meaningful legislative solutions to gain bipartisan support and become law.
We continue to promote this spirit by mobilizing constituents to meet with their members of Congress, write letters to the editor, and engage in respectful relationship-building regardless of party.
We work to build support for and advance bipartisan carbon pricing legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage investment in renewable energy. Our carbon pricing work is guided by specific principles:
- A price should be set high enough to meet global standards for emission reductions and should increase if benchmarks are not met.
- It should ensure strong reporting and transparency measures and should not allow companies to outsource their pollution to countries with less strict controls.
- It should ensure that low-income and marginalized communities and communities of color, often the most impacted by climate change, do not bear the brunt of increased energy costs.
The number of carbon pricing bills currently in Congress demonstrates that carbon pricing is becoming more widely accepted as a tool in addressing climate change. We are working fervently to maintain this momentum.
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