State Senator Art Haywood made the following comments on the Citizens’ Climate Lobby proposal for Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation:

PHILADELPHIA, April 22, 2016: “In honor of Earth Day, I am reaffirming my support for Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation, as put forth by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. In 2015, I signed on to the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s petition to our United State Congress requesting federal legislators pass a carbon fee and dividend bill. This legislation would place a steadily rising fee on fossil fuels, return the revenue from this fee back to households, and use a border adjustment to discourage business relocation.

The major scientific agencies of the United States — including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) — agree that climate change is occurring and that humans are contributing to it. In 2010, the National Research Council concluded that ‘Climate change is occurring, is very likely caused by human activities, and poses significant risks for a broad range of human and natural systems.’

Given the potential for climate change to have far-reaching consequences for life on Earth, we must act with urgency to prevent further damage to our planet. Enacting a carbon fee and dividend law would address climate change while providing an economic boost to our state and nation. Today I am calling for the United States Congress to listen to the voices of everyday people in the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and pass carbon fee and dividend legislation.”


Contact: Melissa Ostroff