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Carbon Pricing as a Solution to Climate Change


FCNL believes that carbon pricing is one of many essential tools that Congress should use to address climate change and shift towards a clean energy economy. While we have not endorsed any particular bill at this time, we are supportive overall of the efforts from both parties to advance carbon pricing legislation. We hope that the below resources will help our network advocate for just climate policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote equitable communities.

Background Carbon Pricing Legislation Comparisons 

Several different bills to put a price on carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions have been introduced in the 116th Congress. This chart provides a detailed, side-by-side comparison of bills under consideration in the House and senate.

Legislative Ask Pass a Carbon Pricing Bill  

The science is clear: climate change is real, is worsened by human activity, and will continue to harm our communities without significant action. Congress has a moral obligation to protect vulnerable communities and seriously address climate change in a bipartisan fashion.

Carbon Pricing Bills: In-Depth Analysis

Several different bills to put a price on carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions have been introduced in the 116th Congress. As we analyze legislation, we will continue to evaluate bills based off of our carbon pricing principles. In particular, we look to see how carbon pricing legislation impacts low-income communities, communities of color, indigenous peoples, and other vulnerable communities. It is vital that any carbon pricing legislation ensures that these communities are not harmed, and benefit from the policy.

Background Bill Analysis: The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 

The reintroduction of the EICDA (H.R. 763) is an exciting advancement of bipartisan Congressional efforts to price carbon emissions and reduce greenhouse gases.

Background Bill Analysis: The Raise Wages, Cut Carbon Act of 2019 

On July 25, 2019, Rep. Dan Lipinski (D, IL-03) and Rep. Francis Rooney (R, FL-19) introduced the bipartisan Raise Wages, Cut Carbon Act of 2019 (H.R. 3966).

Background Bill Analysis: The Stemming Warming and Augmenting Pay (SWAP) Act 

On July 25, 2019, Reps. Francis Rooney (FL-19) and Dan Lipinski (IL-03) introduced the bipartisan H.R. 4058, the Stemming Warming and Augmenting Pay (SWAP) Act 9 (H.R. 4058).

Background Bill Analysis: The Climate Action Rebate Act of 2019 

On July 25, 2019, Sen. Chris Coons (D, DE), Sen. Diane Feinstein (D, CA), and Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D, CA-20) introduced the Climate Action Rebate Act of 2019 (S. 2284/H.R. 4050).

Background Bill Analysis: MARKET CHOICE Act 

On. Sept. 26, 2019, Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-1), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Francis Rooney (FL-19), and Scott Peters (CA-52) introduced the bipartisan MARKET CHOICE Act.

Background Bill Analysis: The America Wins Act 

On Aug. 2, 2019, Reps. John Larson (CT-1), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Stephen Lynch (MA-8), and Donald Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) introduced the America Wins Act.

Resources

Background Carbon Pricing Resources: Reports and Analysis 

We know that carbon pricing legislation can be complicated! Below are some of our favorite reports and analyses of carbon pricing policy. We’ve also included links to read the full bill text of legislation currently introduced in the 116th Congress.

Background FCNL's Carbon Pricing Principles 

By itself, pricing carbon emissions cannot solve climate change. However, it is a powerful tool we must consider as part of our toolbox. As the national dialogue on carbon pricing advances, these principles guide FCNL's advocacy.

Event A Religious Perspective on Carbon Pricing 

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As the impacts of climate change continue to worsen, Congress is stepping up its consideration of policies that will address our contribution to climate change and support communities suffering its effects. This webinar, featuring Emily Wirzba, FCNL’s Legislative Representative for Sustainable Energy & Environment, provides a faith-based perspective on one such proposal: carbon pricing.