Climate Solutions Caucus

Did you know that there is a group in the U.S. Congress called the Climate Solutions Caucus? It has 70 members, 35 Republicans and 35 Democrats. Members of the House of Representatives can only join if they do so with a member of the other party!

This caucus is the result of the diligent work of members of the Citizens' Climate Lobby, a national organization whose sole mission is to create the political will to support federal legislation that effectively addresses climate change.

The legislation it supports is a carbon fee or tax on fossil fuels at the source of production or port of entry. This fee would raise prices on fuel and products made from them. The income collected by the fee will be distributed to each household in the U.S. Meanwhile, the fee will encourage all who use fossil fuels to use less, including the energy sector and manufacturers. Being market-based, this legislation is endorsed by many conservatives, and is seen as an effective first step by those on both left and right.

There are 452 Citizens' Climate Lobby Chapters now, with more arising all the time. There are chapters in Bangor, Portland and Brunswick with several more in formation.

A new chapter is forming here in the Midcoast. On Sunday, Feb. 18, a member of the Brunswick chapter of CCL is coming to lead a workshop to introduce the values, methods and practices of CCL to those interested in finding out more about how this fast-growing, quiet, person-to-person movement works.

If you despair as you witness the dismantling of the EPA, even as we watch the evidence of climate change grow, come join us on Feb. 18. CCL is a hope generator! There is a group to be part of that is making a difference.

The Citizens' Climate Lobby Workshop will take place Sunday Feb. 18, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 15 Wesley Lane , Rockland. The church is located across from the Chickawaukie swimming area on Route 17.

For more information, call Jean Matlack at 975 6542, or Michael Leonard at 975 9150.

Jean Matlack