1. Legislative Ask
  2. Environment & Energy

Lobby Ask for Spring Lobby Weekend 2020

By Emily Wirzba

There is growing bipartisan agreement in Congress that climate change is real and worsened by human activity, and that federal legislation must be a part of any effort to address the climate crisis.

Congress has a moral obligation to address climate change. Legislators should act quickly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate the damage already being done by climate change, and protect vulnerable communities. Climate change disproportionately impacts low-income communities and people of color.

Because of its growing bipartisan support, placing a price on carbon is one of the first of many actions Congress must take. Many economists agree that pricing carbon is the most cost-effective lever to reduce carbon emissions at the scale and speed that is necessary.

By co-sponsoring carbon pricing legislation, you are building momentum for ambitious climate action in the near future.

Cosponsor the Climate Action Rebate Act of 2019 (S. 2284/H.R. 4051)

  • The Climate Action Rebate Act is designed to reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 55 percent by 2030, and seeks to achieve 100 percent reduction by 2050, below 2017 levels.
  • The bill places a strong price of $15/ metric ton of greenhouse gas emissions and increases by $15 each year.
  • Revenue from this bill funds a dividend for middle and low-income households, transition assistance for fossil fuel workers, and much more. Co-sponsor the Climate Action Rebate Act of 2019 (S. 2284/H.R. 4051)
  • Revenue is also used to transition to a clean energy economy, and fund energy innovation and infrastructure programs.

Emily Wirzba

  • Former Legislative Manager, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Emily Wirzba led FCNL’s lobbying work to achieve bipartisan recognition of climate change and action in Congress. She served as co-chair of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community's Energy and Ecology Working Group.