In the Toolkit --

Introduction

  • Guide to the Toolkit
  • Leagues in Action
  • I. Choosing a Role for Your League

    II. Grassroots Action Priorities

  • Climate Action
  • Price on Carbon
  • Our Children's Trust
  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Renewable Energy
  • Adapting to Climate Change
  • III. Basics of Climate Change

    IV. Engaging Individuals

  • Communicating About Climate Change
  • Preparing for a Meeting on Climate Change
  • Engaging Groups in Your Community
  • V. Promoting Public Policy

  • Community Action Models
  • Organizing For Community Action
  • Tips for Building Grassroots Support
  • League Action on Climate Change
  • International Action
  • VI. Resources

    LEAGUE STANCE ON CARBON PRICING

    A price on carbon will put the market to work to decrease demand for fossil fuels and make alternatives more affordable.

    The League supports carbon pricing in the form of either a carbon tax/fee or cap-and-trade. The League has no position on how the revenue should be used. Some alternatives include rebates to households, aid to communities more affected by climate change, pollution, and/or carbon fees, investment in alternative energy, or some combination of alternatives.

    Despite the resistance to putting a price on carbon at the federal level in the U.S., cap-and-trade is proving to be successful, as demonstrated by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in nine northeastern states since 2008 and in California since 2012. Further efforts to put a price on carbon through legislation or ballot initiatives are gaining momentum in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.

    We encourage our legislators at both federal and state levels to seriously consider carbon pricing options and begin a bi-partisan, inclusive debate on each plan's merits.


    Sample letter-to-the-editor using the League's position on carbon pricing in response to a particular carbon pricing proposal (in this example, it is a response to the proposal from the Climate Leadership Council.

    We were encouraged by the February 21 editorial, "A Better Remedy for Climate Change." As a nonpartisan, civic organization that recognizes the need to curb greenhouse gas emissions, the League of Women Voters works across partisan divides to advocate for effective solutions to the problem of climate change. We agree that carbon pricing in the form of a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, the centerpiece of the plan advanced by the Climate Leadership Council (CLC), is one such solution.

    The CLC, an international research and advocacy organization, has as its mission the convening of global opinion leaders around new climate solutions. At a time when the United States is experiencing partisan gridlock around the issue of climate change, the CLC's plan is an ingenious effort to satisfy both devoted environmentalists dedicated to slowing climate change and free market stalwarts who protest regulations to do so.

    A price on carbon will put the market to work to decrease demand for fossil fuels and make alternatives more affordable. The other part of the CLC plan is to return the revenue from the carbon tax to the American people.

    The League supports carbon pricing in the form of either a carbon tax/fee or cap-and-trade. The League has no position on how the revenue should be used. Some alternatives include rebates to households, aid to communities more affected by climate change, pollution, and/or carbon fees, investment in alternative energy, or some combination of alternatives.

    Despite the resistance to putting a price on carbon at the federal level in the U.S., cap-and-trade is proving to be successful, as demonstrated by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in nine northeastern states since 2008 and in California since 2012. Further efforts to put a price on carbon through legislation or ballot initiatives are gaining momentum in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.

    We encourage our legislators at both federal and state levels to seriously consider carbon pricing options and begin a bi-partisan, inclusive debate on each plan's merits. We agree with your conclusion: "The authors deserve a full hearing and a hearty thanks for trying to break the deadlock on the future of the planet."

    Last updated: 7/7/2017