On Friday, October 11, 2013, Citizens Climate Lobby presented a panel at the World Bank / IMF Civil Society Forum, titled Stakeholder-Centered Carbon Pricing to Solve the Climate Crisis. Participants included:
- Sieren Ernst – Ethics & Environment, Principal & Founder
- Erica Flock – EarthShare, Online Manager
- Danny Richter, PhD - Citizens Climate Lobby, Legislative Director
- Joseph Robertson – Geoversiv Envisioning, President & Founder
- Elli Sparks – Citizens Climate Lobby, Development Director
The discussion covered the specifics of the carbon fee and dividend plan for pricing carbon emissions, as well as the economic dynamics of implementation and a specific exploration of how new technologies—those already existing and those about to come over the horizon—will transform the market for energy, decentralizing control and empowering stakeholders across the world.
The panel also discussed the CCL methodology for organizing citizens to play a serious, constructive role in advising government on how best to shape policy for real people. This is an integral part, not only of how CCL is working to make change in the United States, but of the democratizing standard framework that is necessary to make a true “green economy” possible, in a way that empowers families and communities, reduces opportunities for corruption in distribution of development assistance, and builds checks and balances against the naked influence of interested money in the democratic process.
As the World Bank and IMF transition away from the era of funding for new coal projects, a robust new future of reliable, always-on, everywhere-active clean renewable energy is becoming possible, but the global energy marketplace is a fabric of systems, working together either more or less efficiently, depending on a wide range of structural assumptions. The purpose of this panel was to provide clarity as to the most economically efficient way to correct the market’s failure to accurately price carbon-emitting fuels, and motivate widespread prosperity from clean energy production.
- – -
Carbon → Fee → Dividend → Simple
- Fee on carbon-emitting fuels, at the source (mine, well, port of entry)
- 100% of revenues returned, in equal shares, to every household, every month
- Non-protectionist border adjustment, to ensure level playing field
- Power over energy economy returned to consumers
- Major energy-sector investment flows to clean, renewable resources
- – -
… to understand what is happening at the Civil Society Forum, one has to think less about quantifying impacts and more about the quality of experience lived by real people. While we are impatient for major change, and rightfully so, we cannot forget that we must also be patient enough to carry on with our inspiration, and to interact with the Bretton Woods institutions with clarity, direction, and with a vision for what they can and should achieve.
That clarity, direction and vision, can be negated by our impatience or our will to impose a demand. It is of historic importance that people who are committed to ideals, to better outcomes, can directly lobby institutions of global reach. These few days in Washington, DC, are an example of how civil society can directly influence global policy, and bring stakeholders’ voices to bear on what wealthy institutions do to make change in people’s lives … [Read the full article...]
- – -
To mitigate the severity of already built-in climate impacts, and to reverse the long-term trend toward a destabilized and more volatile global climate system, we need to stop emitting greenhouse gases. We can do that in 20 years, using already existing technologies, without spending more than we would were we to invest primarily in new forms of fossil fuel production. Once we cease adding excess CO2 and methane to the atmosphere, we will still need decades to bring CO2 levels down to 350 ppm.
Click the image at right to track the ongoing process of creating this global strategy for business, government and technology development, so we can start—intelligently, creatively and with scientifically grounded forethought—down the road to restored climate stability as soon as possible. [Follow the project here...]
- – -
Building first-level resiliency requires sound thinking about what kind of generative investments build humanizing social resources, at the human scale—in the immediate environment of real people living their lives organically as they do every day in the society in question. We can do this by first harmonizing GOOD-based economic analysis with the testimony of stakeholders and their least self-interested witnesses.
So, we need to actively consider how best to reform our policy priorities, to ensure our investments are always generative and never degenerative of first-level resiliency—generative resource access at the human scale. 2014 should be a year devoted to building this awareness, having this conversation, and proposing comprehensive schematic reforms to global development priorities. [Follow the project here...]