As the Pope released his encyclical detailing the need for climate action, more than 800 volunteers descended on the nation’s capital to ask Congress to take action. Volunteers from nearly every state went to Washington D.C. for the 2015 Citizens’ Climate Lobby International Conference that began Sunday, June 21st. Nine Maine residents were among those who traveled to the Capital including John and Lynda Rohman of Bangor, Tim Godaire of Bangor, Paul and Connie Potvin of Hampden, Peter Garrett of Winslow, Laurie Sproul of Canton, Marcia Cleveland of Vinalhaven, and Chris Beeuwkes of Mercer. Amelia Potvin of Carbondale, CO, and Bates College student Brent Feldman from Waccabuc, NY, also joined the Maine delegation.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers met with every congressional office Tuesday and Wednesday advocating for a Carbon Fee and Dividend policy. This policy, originally proposed by former Republican Secretary of State George Schultz, puts a steadily rising fee on carbon at the source with all of the revenue returned to Americans on a per capita basis. The conference included a keynote address from climate scientist Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, as well as 29 breakout sessions on a variety of topics related to climate change, the details and benefits of the policy solution, and building relationships with members of Congress.
The volunteers from Maine met directly with Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and congressional staff of Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin. Each congressional office we met with was hospitable, informative and responsive to our volunteers and proposal. There is still considerable hesitation to take action on climate, so we urge all registered Maine voters to ask their members of Congress to support Carbon Fee and Dividend as a method to reduce carbon emissions, build jobs and help the economy.
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