Profiling the diversity of our member’s outdoor adventures:
Just wanted to let you know we finished our Century last Saturday– averaged 13 mph (a bit slow but respectable for a couple of oldsters).
And one of the coolest things is that we were not even sore. We thank all those squats for that! Mary and Lee
Mary and Lee are currently involved in Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). They are group leaders for the Alameda County Chapter. If anyone at the IC wants to get involved, please let us know.
CCL is an national group of volunteers which is focused on lobbying Congress to enact a carbon fee and dividend (also known as a revenue neutral carbon tax). The conept is that a fee would be levied at the source (mine, wellhead, etc.) of extraction of fossil fuels based on the amount of greenhouse gasses that would be emitted by burning the fuel. The fee would start at $15/ton of CO2-equivalent emissions and increase by $10/ton every year. The revenue would be returned equally and entirely to American households on the assumption that they would be seeing increased costs for energy, gasoline, and really every product that in any way consumes carbon in its production or distribution. This rebate will mean that 60-70% of households will receive more in the rebate than they spend as a result of the fee; most of those households are in the lower income category. There will also be a mechanism built in (known as a border adjustment) to protect American businesses from being undercut by competition from countries that have not put a price on carbon. CCL’s goal is to move this forward as a non-partisan issue.
CCL commissioned a study by a highly-professional modeling group to study the effects of our proposal. It showed that over the course of 20 years there would be an increase of over 2 million jobs, gross domestic product would increase, premature deaths would fall by 13,000 per year, and carbon emissions would fall 50%.
Here are some links that you might want to look at or include:
A short video about our national convention (Mary and I were there and if you look carefully I believe that you can see us in a couple of frames)
A short video with a brief clip of our Executive Director
Washington Post editorial endorsing carbon tax based on CCL model
Thanks for the interval work! It made chasing this buck uphill feasible, go icechamber! Nick F.
Don’t let the Oregon bred smirk fool ya. Nick is a compassionate legal advocate who has been fighting for the rights of the underprivileged in some of the most impoverished communities for a decade. He continues to bring his unique perspectives to Battlezone Mondays, adding exclusive commentary that only someone with his experience can contribute.