On Friday, October 11, 2013, I had the privilege of organizing and participating in Citizens Climate Lobby’s first hosted panel at the World Bank Civil Society Forum. We were there to deliver the message of CCL’s humanizing and consequential work, and the particular mode of stakeholder-centered carbon pricing legislation that is most likely to allow us to solve the climate crisis.
The Carbon Fee and Dividend plan is stakeholder-centered, because 100% of the steadily escalating fee is returned directly to households, as a monthly dividend check. This allows ordinary people—families, communities, small businesses, and the Main Street economy—to take back control over the role of energy production and consumption in the outcome of their endeavors. People speak up, organize and become policy advisers, and then the legislation provides them with more deeply rooted systemic leverage to make sure their voices are always part of the solution.
My section of the presentation was “Living the Paradigm Shift: True Green Economics, a Global Framework Upgrade”—the update to the book Building a Green Economy: On the Economics of Carbon Pricing and the Transition to Clean, Renewable Fuels and also an attempt to deploy GOOD-based or generative economics in the space of climate policy.
That project is the beginning of a book, and a series of reports, and this page will serve as their home-base. Please return to this page—PoetEconomist.com/living—to follow the development of the book, to learn more about the generative economic logic of the clean energy transition, and to find out about events, workshops and the release date for the book.