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 150,000 supporters 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 support and endorse the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act: the first bicameral, bipartisan carbon pricing ever introduced in Congress!
Silicon Valley Leadership Group Announces Its “Support in Principle” for H.R. 763
Business Climate Leaders (BCL) and Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) have partnered over the last several years to educate SVLG members about federal carbon pricing initiatives and to discuss possible collective advocacy. Early in 2019, SVLG as an umbrella organization announced its “support in principle” for H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividends Act, which embodies the key carbon pricing elements for which Citizens’ Climate Lobby has long advocated. In doing so, SVLG is not speaking for any of its individual member companies. This document elaborates on SVLG’s position and BCL’s response.
“If the Energy Innovation and Carbon Deficit Act can pass the Senate, it would mark one of the most positive steps ever towards fulfilling each of our global climate agreements and more. With the biobased solutions accelerating in its wake, the springboard would be set for these industries take the lead and help usher us into a cleaner and more sustainable future.”
John Cumbers, founder and CEO of SynBioBeta
in Forbes, September 15, 2019
“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
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.
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.