In a 9-0 vote the Ann Arbor, MI City Council passed a resolution in support of a plan for a national carbon fee and dividend program developed by the Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL). The resolution also calls on federal lawmakers to take action in adopting the CCL proposal, with copies of the resolution being sent to U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, and U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.
“Fossil fuel consumption accounts for a majority of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, and climate scientists and economists assert a carbon price is one of the most effective and realistic potential methods for reducing emissions, council members stated, expressing some optimism about bipartisan support for the plan. Proponents say the dividend component makes the plan revenue neutral, and a carbon fee that is directly rebated in equal shares would provide a net financial benefit to a majority of households with the greatest benefit going to people with lower incomes.”
The Ann Arbor City Council will also work towards devising an advocacy plan for the carbon fee and dividend program to push for its passage. Ann Arbor’s action follows a trend in local and state governments voicing support for national policies to tackle climate change.
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Full text of the resolution can be found here.