A Price on Carbon that Puts #FrontlinesFirst

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Trump is attacking our clean air and climate progress in every way possible. State legislators must fight back with solutions for communities at the frontlines of the climate crisis.  

Low income communities and communities of color are on the frontlines of some of the worst pollution in America -- due to their proximity to the dirtiest sources. Fossil fuel pollution leads to higher rates of asthma, cancer, and pollution-related diseases. It contributes to devastating climate change and climate chaos. And it's communities living on the frontlines of this pollution who are paying the greatest price.

The cost of carbon pollution is not free.

Taxpayers at large and struggling families in particular are bearing the cost to treat the many side effects of the fossil fuel industry’s dirty pollution. We are paying the health care costs, the costs of clean up when disaster strikes, the higher price of produce at the supermarket due to drought's effects on agriculture, and depressed property values, to name a few of the ways.

It’s time to reverse this trend and hold polluters accountable. Polluters should pay, not families.

The good news is something amazing is happening in California. They're cleaning the air by charging polluters for the damage they cause, and using that money to uplift neighborhoods—with good jobs, new investment and healthier air. You can find stories of real families whose lives have been changed for the better by these climate policies at UpLiftCA.org.

Now together, we can stand up and start winning in states across the country.

 

Featured News

Guest Blog: The secret behind creating the largest fund in U.S. history for building a green economy

As the head of Green For All, I travel the country working with grassroots leaders and state electeds to craft policies that prioritize families and workers living in the most polluted cities in America. My heart breaks every time I hear about...Read more.

Video: Creating the world we want

Vien Truong speaks at Bioneers 2016 to share how we can create the world we want -- through policies like SB 535 that put frontline communities first and through investments that...Watch this 2 min clip.

Video: How making polluters pay can help combat environmental racism

They're poisoning our air and our water, and they think it's okay. It's not okay. Vien Truong appears in NowThis to share how policy can combat environmental racism in places like Flint, MI. Watch this 2 min video.

 

Resources

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LEGISLATOR TOOLKIT: A Climate Toolkit for Legislators by SiX Action, provides guidance on how to states can implement a price on carbon that puts the frontlines first.

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KEY PRINCIPLES: A Primer on the Key Elements of Effective Carbon Pricing by Green For All. (2 pager)

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HARVARD LAW REVIEW ARTICLE: Addressing Poverty and Pollution through California’s SB 535 Polluters Pay Fund by Vien Truong, one of the policy architects and innovators behind SB 535.

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COMMUNITY STORIES: Stories of real families whose lives have been improved by CA SB 535 available at UpLiftCA.org.

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CASE STUDIES REPORT: Climate Investments Case Studies Report by The Greenlining Institute outline 10 community case studies on how SB 535 funds were spent and who benefits. 

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MORE TOOLKITS - JOBS, JUSTICE, & JUST TRANSITION: Clean Power For All Toolkits. A series of toolkits providing policy guidance and case studies on a range of important issues.

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CLIMATE GAP REPORT: Inequalities in how climate change hurts Americans and how to close the gap. Authored by Rachel Morello-Frosch, PhD, MPH; Manuel Pastor, PhD; James Sadd, PhD; and Seth Shonkoff, MPH.

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CAUTIONARY TALE: Green For All’s remarks on the defeat of Washington Initiative 732 is useful insight into the difference between a carbon tax that puts frontlines first and one that leaves them behind.

 

Contact Us

For more information, contact Green For All deputy director Michelle Romero at michelle@dreamcorps.us.