Putting a Price on Carbon Pollution to Protect Public Health, Expand Opportunity


Contact: Alyssa Cocchi

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) released draft carbon-pricing legislation. The announcement launches a one-month comment period for stakeholders to weigh in on several sections of the bill, including how to redirect investments back into the American economy.

Statement of Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

For too long, big polluters have gotten away with passing their costs along to the rest of us in the form of poisoned air and water, health problems, and economic stagnation. Low-income communities and people of color have shouldered an especially heavy burden from pollution-related illness and increased vulnerability to climate disasters. It’s time to change the game.

Putting a price on carbon pollution is a single elegant solution that could solve a number of our most pressing problems. By making polluters pay, we can prevent devastating cuts to the programs that keep America running, like schools and emergency services. A carbon fee would slash pollution and spur investment in clean energy technology, which creates three times as many jobs per dollar spent as fossil fuels.

We need to make sure that the revenue generated supports the kind of green innovation that will create good, healthy jobs for more Americans. We need to make sure the folks on the front lines of climate change—like people of color, low-income communities, and coal and oil workers—are among the winners as we transition to a clean energy economy.

We applaud Congressman Waxman and Congressman Blumenauer and  Senators Whitehouse and Schatz for working with a variety of stakeholders on this important solution.

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