On April 15, 2015 a national conference call was held which featured presentations from Camila Thorndike, co-founder and director of Oregon Climate, and writer and entrepreneur Peter Barnes. Below is a link to a recording of this very interesting call, an intro to it and bios of Camila and Peter:
Call moderated by director Mike Tidwell, April 15, 2015
Did you know that four states have now introduced bills that would put a price on carbon and rebate some or all of the revenue to citizens? Oregon is the latest — and the fight there to get legislation passed is starting to heat up. These efforts come just as a federal bill has been re-introduced in the House of Representatives to cap carbon emissions nationally and return the auction revenue equally to all American citizens. Simply put, the idea of “pricing carbon” and rebating the proceeds is catching on from coast to coast. Hear about these state and federal efforts directly from leaders on the front lines of the campaigns.
- Camila Thorndike is the co-founder and executive director of Oregon Climate, a statewide, grassroots campaign to put a price on pollution in Oregon. Oregon Climate has successfully introduced both fee-and-dividend and cap-and-dividend bills into the Oregon legislature, and a legislative hearing on the cap-and-dividend legislation is being held on April 14th. Organizers see this bill as a model that can inspire federal action. Passage and implementation would reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions 85% below 1990 levels by 2050 while returning all of the revenue raised from fossil fuel companies to Oregon taxpayers and their dependents.
- Peter Barnes is a writer and entrepreneur who has started and run several successful businesses. He co-founded Working Assets Long Distance (now Credo Mobile) and is the author of six books, the most recent being “With Liberty and Dividends for All.” He is credited by many with conceiving the idea of cap-and-dividend legislation in his 2001 book, “Who Owns the Sky?” He has recently written about the importance of a steadily declining cap on emissions if climate legislation is to be successful.