We Delivered! 25,000 Strong – And Growing

Sandy Levine | @CLFLevine

With leaders from around the world gathered in Paris for the international climate summit, CLF advocates are commenting on how what happens in Paris will impact what needs to happen here in New England to cut carbon, boost renewables, and protect our communities. Read the entire blog series.

MONTPELIER VT - Energy Independent Vermont and VPIRG delivered 25,241 petition signatures from Vermonters to the State House in support of a carbon pollution tax. Photo: Roger Crowley

MONTPELIER VT – Energy Independent Vermont and VPIRG delivered 25,241 petition signatures from Vermonters to the State House in support of a carbon pollution tax. Photo: Roger Crowley

On the eve of climate talks in Paris, we delivered in Vermont.

We delivered more than 25,000 postcards and petition signatures to Vermont lawmakers. All supporting a price on carbon pollution.

And we are in good company. The next day, in Paris, President Obama stated that “the most elegant way to drive innovation and to reduce carbon emissions is to put a price on it.”

That’s refreshing.

President Obama also recognized the challenges of getting such a proposal through Congress.

Here in Vermont, CLF joined many allies to show the growing support for putting a price on carbon pollution right here. In a small state like Vermont, 25,000 signatures mean a lot.

Like President Obama, these 25,000 people recognize that putting a price on pollution is an elegant solution.

It gives us the opportunity to reduce pollution, cut taxes, and save money by growing clean energy right here at home.

Our Legislature will evaluate bills this session that put a price on carbon pollution. As a broad coalition of businesses, faith leaders, low-income advocates, environmental and community leaders, we recognize the intolerable cost of inaction.

Our effort is guided by three core principles. An effective carbon pollution tax will not only reduce emissions, it will also be equitable. It will ensure low-income people are part of the transition away from outdated and polluting fossil fuels. And it will create jobs and grow the economy. A portion of the tax will be re-invested to grow clean energy right here at home.

New Englanders have led the country with our response to climate change, cutting carbon, and investing in renewables. Now, our leadership can serve as a model for the globe.

Learn more about the Energy Independent Vermont effort and follow CLF President Brad Campbell as he reports from the Paris Climate Talks. 

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