Helping American Business Leaders Advocate for Effective Climate Policy
Business Climate Leaders (BCL) is an initiative of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL), a nonpartisan grassroots advocacy group with nearly 140,000 members in over 450 U.S. chapters. We are helping American businesses understand and take action in shaping federal climate policy. Working through our nationwide network, our volunteer professionals help businesses leverage climate advocacy investments with minimal risk and resources. Learn more.
BCL encourages business leaders to study and endorse the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act: the first bicameral, bipartisan carbon pricing ever introduced in Congress!
“Inaction is not an option. We call on policymakers to seize on an approach that rises to the challenge of climate change, leveraging business leadership and expertise, America’s energy edge and our ability to innovate.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, through its Global Energy Institute (GEI), April 2019
“Lobby for aggressive pro-climate policies at all levels of government. Today, most companies use their significant lobbying influence (on their own and through trade groups) to fight regulations and defang government. But that has to change in the face of this crisis. The first priority — which the IPCC makes clear — is to put a price on carbon. Companies must lobby for escalating prices on carbon everywhere.”
Andrew Winston writing in Harvard Business Review, October 9, 2018.
THE U.S. BUSINESS CASE FOR A CARBON TAX: Driving Innovation, Equity & Opportunity
In a spectacular meeting of minds at The U.S. Business Case for a Carbon Tax Forum on September 13, 2018 in San Francisco, 250 attendees, including representatives from a range of organizations from ExxonMobil to Green for All, to Steelcase and Citizens Climate Lobby, came together to make the case for a carbon tax. Over 300 people live-streamed the event, an official affiliate event of the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit. Read more.
GreenBiz, 9/24/18: "‘Carbon taxes are raising revenues around the world,’ said Helen Mountford, director of economics for the World Resources Institute and program director for the New Climate Economy Initiative, during the GCAS event. ‘It’s also a major incentive to innovate.’” Read more.
THE U.S. BUSINESS CASE FOR A CARBON FEE AND DIVIDEND: HOW SMALL- AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES WILL BE AFFECTED
Carbon Fee and Dividend will require adjustments and may compel business owners to rethink how they operate. But small businesses shouldn’t fear this policy. According to the REMI study, CF&D leads to increased GDP in most sectors of the economy and puts money in the pockets of most consumers, increasing the purchasing power of many small businesses’ customer bases. If they implement measures as described above, most business owners will find themselves better off. Read more.