The House is poised to vote on House Concurrent Resolution 119, which expresses the belief by Congress that carbon pricing would be “detrimental to the US economy.” This inane resolution, reintroduced by Majority Whip Steve Scalise, is a symbolic attempt by Republicans to suck up to their donors in the fossil fuel industry by petulantly refusing to do anything meaningful to address climate change.
A growing body of economic literature indicates that putting a price on carbon could be the most effective way to quickly and decisively reduce carbon emissions. In uniformly declaring carbon taxation economically harmful, Congress would tie our hands in the fight against climate change.
For more background, check out this rebuttal to H.Con.Res.119 from our friends at the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
What to say:
My name is _____, my zip code is ____, and I’m a member of Indivisible East Bay. I want Representative ____ to vote NO on the anti-carbon tax resolution, House Concurrent Resolution 119.
- Rep. Mark DeSaulnier: (510) 620-1000 DC: (202) 225-2095
- Rep. Barbara Lee: (510) 763-0370 DC: (202) 225-2661
- Rep. Eric Swalwell: (510) 370-3322 DC: (202) 225-5065
As of this writing, Rep. Barbara Lee, for one, has indicated that she intends to vote no. When calling her office, thank her for signaling her intention and urge her to follow through with a no vote.