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BUILDING POLITICAL WILL FOR A STABLE CLIMATE BEST PRACTICES FOR ESSENTIAL CITIZEN LOBBYING Mary Jane Sorrentino RI Chapter, CCL Northeast Group Start Trainer.

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1 BUILDING POLITICAL WILL FOR A STABLE CLIMATE BEST PRACTICES FOR ESSENTIAL CITIZEN LOBBYING Mary Jane Sorrentino RI Chapter, CCL Northeast Group Start Trainer

2 Founded in 2007 Over 145 active chapters in 43 states Solutions oriented Non-partisan Non-profit MISSION: 1. Create the political will for a Stable Climate 2. Empower Citizens to have personal and political breakthroughs BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

3 OUR PROPOSED LEGISLATION 100% Revenue Neutral Carbon Fee & Dividend Bipartisan bill Steadily increasing price All revenue returned in monthly dividends to American households With REMI study, focus is on Economic Benefits of Carbon Fee & Dividend

4 “We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” --Thomas Jefferson

5 BEST PRACTICES FOR MEETING WITH YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS PLAN –Research your MOC ORGANIZE –Who will be in your lobby team PREPARE YOUR MESSAGE –Laser Talks SCHEDULING –on-line or on phone COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES IN MEETING – active listening skills, have prepared questions, be sure to have the “Ask,” secondary “Asks” FOLLOW-UP with more info sent, thank you

6 PLAN – Research Your MOC What is their stance on climate change and solutions? What committees do they sit on? What bills have they (co) sponsored related to energy/environment? Check MOC website and other watchdog websites, such as League of Conservation Voters, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Climate Scores, Vote Smart, Open Secrets…

7 Research the effects of Climate Change on your MOCs district/state. Research issues that are of top priorities for you and others in your district/state: Jobs (include the region’s major industries) Damage from extreme weather events Pollution/environmental degradation Water issues/drought Renewable energy potential/support Fossil fuel industry presence (coal, oil, gas, natural gas)

8 ORGANIZE YOUR LOBBY TEAM AND PRACTICE LASER TALKS Lobby Team = 4-5 people who are available during the week – 9am- 5pm Prepare your message – Stay on Target Meet beforehand to plan your Ask and roles you will take Who will keep track of the time? Who will ask the Ask? Who will follow up with the necessary information? The ASK: Ask to support or introduce Legislation that puts a fee on carbon and returns the revenue to the American people! Let’s PRACTICE LASER TALKS now with a partner!

9 Our revenue-neutral carbon tax works like this: A tax is placed on carbon-based fuels at the source (well, mine, port of entry). This tax starts at $15 per ton of fossil CO2 emitted, and increases steadily each year by $10 so that clean energy is cheaper than fossil fuels within a decade. All of the money collected is returned to American households on an equitable basis. Under this plan about 2/3 of all households would break even or receive more in their dividend checks than they would pay in higher prices due to the tax, thereby protecting the poor and middle class. A predictably increasing carbon price will send a clear market signal which will unleash entrepreneurs and investors in the new clean-energy economy. Laser Talk on Carbon Fee & Dividend

10 100 percent ensures that two-thirds of American households will come out equal or ahead regarding the increase in energy costs. This calculation takes into account not just direct energy costs, but the pass-through businesses will add to the cost of their products. Since about 70 percent of our economy is consumer spending, putting additional cash in the hands of these consumers has the potential of being stimulative. Members of Congress who signed Grover Norquist tax pledges can honor their pledge and still vote the right way. Venture capitalists, banks, and entrepreneurs seeing a predictable price signal will create breakthroughs in innovation that in some cases are unimaginable at this point. A carbon fee is the most efficient and direct way to send a meaningful price signal to the markets. Initially, a low price on fossil fuels will not be felt by consumers. As the price goes up, it will increase costs steadily for all households. It will be very difficult to maintain public support if people are not getting the money they need to offset their increase in costs. Laser Talk: 100 Percent Revenue Neutrality

11 In 2012, there were a total of 137,650 permanent coal-related jobs nationwide, and 806,831 oil and gas jobs as of By contrast, there were 3,401,279 green jobs in The Department of Energy predicts using conservative estimates that by 2030 there will be over half a million wind jobs alone. The overall job story is that renewable energy will provide more and higher paying jobs, with more diverse opportunities. This is because $1 million dollars worth of oil and natural gas output directly creates 0.8 jobs, and $1 million of coal produces 1.9 jobs. Compare that to building retrofits for energy efficiency (7 jobs per million), mass transit services (11 jobs), building the smart grid (4.3), wind (4.6), solar (5.4), and biomass power generation (7.4). The green economy already supports more jobs than the fossil fuel economy, and has for years, even though renewable energy accounts for only 11.98% of our domestically produced energy. The writing is on the wall: the key to creating American jobs now and in the future is not investment in fossil fuels, it is investment in the green economy. LASER TALK: JOBS – FOSSIL FUELS VS. RENEWABLES

12 SCHEDULING YOUR MEETING 2014 CONGRESSIONAL CALENDAR AVAILABLE ON LINE AUGUST, HOLIDAY RECESSES ARE GOOD TIMES MOCs Usually in Home Office on Fridays or Mondays Usually given a minute time slot – Ask how much time you will have Ask if it will be a Face to Face Meeting with MOC

13 Meeting with your MOC: Respect, Appreciation, Gratitude for Public Service  Speak from the Heart and the Head  Use Active Listening and ask the Ask early in the meeting. Have the Secondary Asks if the response is negative  Find out who they work with on the other side of the aisle

14 Communicating with Conservatives Non-judgmental language Risk management framework It’s the Economy! Risky Business Report, REMI study The Pentagon Our brains think local and recent Not You must do this, try You can do this

15 Let’s Practice Meeting with a MOC now! Groups of 5 One person acts as MOC Others act as Lobbyists for a stable climate!

16 You are all leaders on climate! Continue to exercise your political power in other ways: Write personal letters to your MOC Write Letters to the Editor of your local newspaper Attend candidate forums and asking questions on climate policy Join with Citizens Climate Lobby

17 THANK YOU! “Power, properly understood, is the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political or economic changes. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.” ---Martin Luther King

18 Purpose To create the political will for a sustainable climate To empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power “If politicians remain at loggerheads, citizens must lead.” - Dr. James E. Hansen Physicist, Retired Director of NASA Goddard Institute An opportunity to take action now.


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