The U.S. Senate Finance Committee recently listed carbon pricing as a potential piece of the reconciliation legislation, slated to be made law later this year or next. This came after the Citizens' Climate Lobby in August, while much of America was vacationing or surviving drought and floods, garnered 52,600 contacts to senators around the country with the simple request: Include carbon pricing in the reconciliation package. Developed economies around the world have demonstrated that carbon pricing acts as a subtle propellor to every other climate solution and will be the backbone of any serious effort to address the climate crisis.

Is support for carbon pricing political suicide in the U.S.? The Senate Finance Committee is showing a willingness to test those waters. It is up to us to show the committee that carbon pricing is actually a political winner. A majority of Americans understand the climate situation and the basics of how to solve it.

Democracy works! Carbon pricing was not on the list early this summer. But 52,600 contacts later, it is on the list. Thanks to all who have joined this effort. Now, get your friends and family onboard. The work has now truly begun.

Katya Gordon

Two Harbors

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