California: California's First Climate Credit arrived on electricity bills in April 2014. Here is a link to the website for the State's marketing of the Credit. If you think more people should receive the proceeds from the sale of greenhouse gas allowances, you can donate your credit to the Center for Climate Protection, a group that advocates for Cap & Dividend. Read more about the Climate Credit here.
The Credit came about after years of advocacy, culminating in the California Public Utilities Commission's decision to return proceeds from the electricity sector to ratepayers, with a portion as an equal per household "climate dividend" rebate. The transportation sector will phase into the system in 2015.
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Nationally: There is some behind the scenes activity in Congress regarding climate bills. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2015, which is the "gold standard" for climate bills, with 100% dividend return. In the previous Congress, Senator Van Hollen released the bill on July 30, 2014. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a bill that returns 60% of revenues to households. The previous round of climate bills in 2009 included a bill from Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the CLEAR Act, which would have auctioned GHG permits and return 75% of revenues back to consumers through Cap and Dividend. Write to your Senator. Several cities endorsed the CLEAR Act. More info at www.supportclearact.com. Go to National news.
Internationally: CapGlobalCarbon is the name of a new international citizen-led initiative for an upstream cap on carbon, an auction of permits, and return of the revenues back to everyone, globally. Stay tuned for updates leading up to the UN Conference in Paris December 2015.Go to International news.
New - Customize and print out your own printable U.S. dividend (pdf) or printable California dividend (pdf), which you can give to people and use at events.
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