Cap & Dividend

The simple & fair path to a healthy climate and prosperous families

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What is Cap & Dividend?

Cap and dividend is a simple, fair, and built-to-last policy solution to reduce the carbon and other heat-trapping emissions now harming our climate while boosting the income of most American families. It caps fossil fuels, requires energy companies to purchase pollution permits at auction, and returns all the auction revenue in equal amounts to every US resident with a valid Social Security number.

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The Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2018

115th CONGRESS - 2nd Session

The Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2018 is gaining support in the halls of Congress and from grassroots organizations across the country. The Senate bill is sponsored by Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and the House bill is sponsored by Representative Don Beyer (D-VA), with 20 co-sponsors. Read the full text of the bill here.

Read the full text of the bill here

The Bill

The Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2018 represents a simple, common sense, “cap and dividend” approach to addressing climate change that achieves aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reductions while supporting vibrant economic growth and a thriving middle class. Introduced by Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) in the Senate and Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) in the House, the bill requires CO2 emissions reductions of 20% by 2020, 40% by 2030, and 80% by 2050 below 2005 levels. It caps fossil fuels, requires energy companies to purchase pollution permits at auction, and returns all the auction revenue in equal amounts to every U.S. resident with a valid Social Security number. By putting a price on carbon, the bill encourages energy conservation, energy efficiency and a shift to clean, renewable sources of energy. U.S. families will benefit both economically and environmentally from cleaner air and water and land, millions of jobs created in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and money in family bank accounts during the transition.

Read our fact sheet about the bill here

Latest news and updates

After Record 2017 Wildfires, Droughts, and Storms: US Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) Respond with a Bill to Cap Carbon and Rebate the Revenue to US Families

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) are introducing the “Healthy Climate and Family Security Act” in Congress on Monday. I wanted to invite you to join a conference call with the legislators to talk about the bill at 3:15 EST on Monday, January 29th. Speakers… continue reading »

Faith Activists Deliver Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change to Catholic Members of Congress; Urge Passage of ‘Healthy Climate and Family Security Act’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – American faith activists today delivered 166 copies of the Pope’s “climate change” encyclical to every Catholic member of the US Congress. In an accompanying letter, the activists asked the lawmakers to act on Pope Francis’ call to action on global warming by supporting HR 1027, “The Healthy Climate… continue reading »