Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), a group advocating for bipartisan legislation to address climate change, will hold a meeting in Twisp on Friday (Feb. 9) for people interested in learning more about the organization.
The meeting will be from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Education Station at TwispWorks. Steve Ghan, a climate scientist and head of the CCL group in Richland, will host the meeting.
Ghan and other CCL representatives came to the Methow Valley last November as part of a tour throughout Washington and Idaho to share information about the market-based approach advocated by CCL. The organization proposes establishing fees on fossil fuels to reflect their true impacts and costs on the environment and the economy, and returning those fees as dividend checks to citizens.
The “carbon fee and dividend” model would provide incentives to consumers and businesses to use and develop alternate energy sources that don’t contribute to climate change, according to CCL.
Ghan said a bipartisan bill is “in the works” in Congress through the Climate Solutions Caucus in the House of Representatives, a bipartisan group comprised of 68 members with equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats.