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Utah GOP Congressman joins CCL town hall on climate change, launches weekly climate chat

This May, the volunteers in CCL’s Wasatch Back, UT, chapter organized a virtual town hall event to draw attention to climate change, clean air, and the efforts underway regionally to create a cleaner environment for all. The town hall featured Republican Rep. John Curtis of Utah’s 3rd district, alongside BYU environmental economics professor Dr. C. […]

As the ecoright gains traction, the far right attacks free-market environmentalism

Although we’re generally pretty skeptical of conservative politicians pretending they’re taking climate change seriously, there are undoubtedly good conservative groups pushing for climate action and there are signs they’re making progress. Young conservatives, in particular, are bucking their party line and taking the issue more seriously than their older counterparts. By Climate Denier Roundup Which […]

Carbon Fee and Dividend: The free market needs help in dealing with climate change

When USA Today recently editorialized in favor of a national carbon fee and dividend to “prevent further catastrophic changes in the world’s climate,” a dissenting op-ed column by the chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works declared, “Free-market innovation—not government regulation or taxation—is the best way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.” By Jonathan Marshall CCL Economics […]

Free marketers oppose clean energy subsidies, but love them for coal and nuclear energy

At the start of August, we explained how the Ohio bill bailing out coal and nuclear plants with consumer cash was a boon to Trump pal Bob Murray. Murray’s company supplied the FirstEnergy coal plants with their climate-killing fuel, so what’s good for FirstEnergy, like this bill, is also good for Murray. By Climate Denier Roundup […]

September 3rd

EcoRight News climate change week in review for April 5

Happy Friday! You made it! Sit back and enjoy the EcoRight news before finding your way to the weekend. By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN Green REAL Deal: In the big news this week, Florida’s Congressman Matt Gaetz“shatter[ed] the do-nothing orthodoxy that Republicans adopted during the Great Recession” (according to Bob Inglis) by introducing the Green Real Deal, […]

April 5th

Climate action: Bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend bill reintroduced in Congress

A group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives has reintroduced the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, the groundbreaking bipartisan climate solution to price carbon, give revenue to households and bring greenhouse gas emissions down 90 percent by 2050. Sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL), Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), Rep. […]

Ex GOP Rep Ryan Costello jumps into carbon arena

Recently retired Pennsylvania Rep. Ryan Costello has announced that he’s joining Americans for Carbon Dividends, a bipartisan group launched in June to advocate for the carbon dividend plan proposed by former Secretaries of State George Shultz and James A. Baker. By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News “My party will never earn the votes of millennials unless it gets serious about finding [climate] solutions,” Costello […]

January 10th

CCL: Yellow Vest protesters have it right on carbon taxes – give the money back to the people!

Public resistance to fossil fuel price hikes, like that seen recently in France, can be overcome by returning revenue to households, Citizens’ Climate Lobby said Wednesday at the U.N. climate change conference in Katowice, Poland. “People worry about worsening climate impact costs, but they are also genuinely concerned about the economic impact carbon pricing will have […]

December 12th

How does the new carbon pricing bill, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, stack up?

Upon the introduction of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, legislation authored by Representative Deutch and others (herein referred to simply as the Energy Innovation Act), Dr. Noah Kaufman of Columbia University’s Center for Global Energy Policy (CGEP) published an analysis comparing it to other carbon fee plans that have been proposed recently. By Jerry Hinkle […]

December 10th

America’s conservative environmental advocates have a lot to be thankful for

This Thanksgiving, we at the American Conservation Coalition have a lot to be thankful for. A number of individuals, organizations, and developments have made 2018 a tremendous year for conservative environmentalism. To showcase our gratitude, we at ACC have compiled a list to recognize those that share common goals and have contributed in our organization’s […]

November 23rd

Yale poll shows nationwide support for revenue-neutral carbon tax

The latest polling from Yale shows that 68 percent of U.S. adults support a revenue-neutral carbon tax. That means Congress has historic, nationwide support to act on climate. By Steve Valk Citizens Climate Lobby Last week, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication updated its Climate Opinion Maps with data that included responses to 14 new questions. […]

2017 Year in Review: Free market conservatives happy about rising renewable energy

While other issues may have grabbed the national headlines in 2017, it has been another banner year for the clean energy industry—especially outside the Beltway. In fact, it may end up being remembered as the true tipping point in the evolution of America’s growing clean energy economy, as there have been several important developments over […]

December 29th

Infrastructure: Trump’s plan will turn the US into a toll-booth economy

John Buell writes on labor and environmental issues from his home in Southwest Harbor, Maine. His most recent book, published by Palgrave in August 2011, is Politics, Religion, and Culture in an Anxious Age. By Meteor Blades At CommonDreams, he writes—Will Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Become Another Attack on Democracy? Converting public things into private goods reinforces a trend toward corporate […]

December 29th