Environmental and Consumer Groups Support the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act

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Statement of Support for the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2015

We are pleased to support the introduction of the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2015 by U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and other Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill is being introduced at a particularly important moment, when the climate crisis has gained renewed national attention and the Obama Administration is increasingly making the issue a priority.

This Van Hollen legislation will help solve the climate crisis while growing our economy and helping working families prosper. It is simple, fair and built to last.

The legislation aims to cut carbon pollution 20% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 80% by 2050. It allows for those targets to be strengthened by a vote of Congress if necessary to “avert catastrophic climate impacts.” It auctions 100% of the carbon permits to coal, oil and gas companies, allows for no potentially complex carbon offsets, and prevents Wall Street involvement in the carbon market. It will spur economic investment and create a large number of jobs in clean energy.

It protects the purchasing power of American families by returning 100% of the revenue raised by the auction to all residents with a valid Social Security number on a quarterly, per capita basis. With an initial auction price of $10/ton of CO2, a median family of four would receive about $640/year and pay about $380 as a result of higher fossil fuel prices, receiving a net benefit of about $260/year. That amount is expected to increase over time. This climate dividend will help protect all families from rising fossil fuel energy prices. Indeed, all lower and middle-income Americans will see a net increase in their annual income.

The Healthy Climate and Family Security Act directs the U.S Environmental Protection Agency to use the Clean Air Act and other authority to make additional reductions in non-carbon greenhouse gases.

This is a carbon pricing proposal before Congress that, when passed, will help American families, our economy and our planet.

Endorsers of the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act:

Public Citizen
350.org
Sierra Club
Climate Solutions
Center for Biological Diversity
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Working Families Party
Clean Air Watch
South Carolina Coastal Conservation League
National Community Action Foundation
National People’s Action
Center for Popular Democracy
2020 Action
Action for the Common Good
ACTION United (Pennsylvania)
American Province of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus’ EcoSpirituality Group
Aytzim: Ecological Judaism
Center for Community Change Action
EarthAction
Earth Care International
Citizens for Global Solutions
Climate Change is Elementary
Climate Protection Campaign
Communities United (Maryland)
Environmental Advocates of New York
Hip Hop Caucus
Interfaith Moral Action on Climate
KyotoUSA
Montana Environmental Information Center
Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (Minnesota)
Neighbor to Neighbor (Massachusetts)
New Energy Economy
New Jersey Communities United
New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light
Physicians for Social Responsibility – New Mexico
Organic Consumers Association
Organize Now (Florida)
Renewable Taos (New Mexico)
The Shalom Center
The Stella Group, Ltd.
Valley Watch, Inc.

To sign on or find out more, contact Ted Glick, National Campaign Coordinator for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, at ted@chesapeakeclimate.org.