My Issue Can Wait, But Not Forever
On Wednesday I was doing an interview with a energy policy expert to explain what is Carrots and Sticks and what our climate policy goals. I realized I hadn’t written about or even talked about our climate policy goals in a while, so I figured I’d go over them.
Our principles for climate action are:
Action to Address Climate Change Should:
1) Begin without delay
2) Burden polluting industries, not American families
3) Grant no exemption or exception based on political consideration
In terms of particular policies and applications of these principles we’ve asked offices to vote for Waxman-Markey, or a similar Senate version, restore EPA authority to regulate carbon dioxide, support citizen monitoring of carbon dioxide, and transition to 100% carbon auctions by 2020.
Our primary and I believe unique goal is the 100% carbon auctions by 2020. The idea is that while we’d like 100% carbon auctions and a cap dividend system to be put in place immediately, it’s become a poison pill as evidenced by the House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans that voted for such a policy during the Committee amendments phase. So looking for a rational compromise we decided on 2020 as a target date.
Until we have 100% carbon auctions we won’t have comprehensive income protection*, which is vitally important to sustain long term support for climate action. Since the cost of transition will gradually increase having comprehensive income protection in the earliest years is less important then in later years.
The 100% by 2020 is a functional compromise which gives activists a way to fight for American families pocketbooks, without asking their representatives in Congress for something that will torpedo legislative action.
We hope you agree with our strategy and hope you’ll join us in fighting for a future where American families don’t get stuck with the bill for climate action!
* I’d characterize the current income protection scheme in Waxman-Markey as about half of what we could be doing. There is protection for home heating and electricity bills, and lower income tax protections as well. It’s much better then nothing, but there are still billions of dollars going to polluting industries which could distributed to American households.