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Put A Price On It D.C., Explained

We know that putting a price on carbon is one of the most straightforward and cost-effective ways to fight climate change. By making fossil fuel polluters pay for the real and damaging costs of their emissions, we can unleash the clean energy solutions we need, and make D.C. families better off in the process.

With a carbon fee and rebate policy, companies that buy and sell fossil fuels in the District would pay a fee on each ton of heat-trapping pollution they cause. The price, rising steadily over time, would reflect the damage these emissions inflict on our health, air and water, and climate.

Starting on day one, the majority of the money raised would be returned—through a quarterly “rebate”—to every D.C. resident.  While a universal, equal rebate on its own is an economically progressive policy, our bill design also provides additional support to low-income District residents. The carbon fee and rebate puts more money into the pockets of D.C. families, ensuring that low-income and middle class residents are better off in the transition to clean energy.

Strategic investments would also be made to accelerate D.C.’s transition to a clean energy economy in a way that is just and equitable. And the rebate would more than offset any rise in consumer prices for the vast majority of residents. In fact, an initial analysis of a D.C. carbon fee set at $20 per ton would yield nearly $200 per resident per year, increasing steadily over time by hundreds of dollars as the carbon price strengthens.

A carbon fee will mean less pollution wrecking our lungs and our atmosphere, more investment into energy efficiency solutions, and a faster transition to clean, renewable energy sources. D.C. families would benefit both economically and environmentally from cleaner air and water, new jobs created in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and more money in their bank accounts.

It’s time for D.C. to lead—not only in cutting fossil fuel pollution, but in creating a more just and sustainable economy for all.

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Black Millennials for Flint

Black Millennials for Flint

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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DC Fiscal Policy Institute

DC Fiscal Policy Institute

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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Working Families Party DC

Working Families Party DC

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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Interfaith Power & Light (DC MD NoVA)

Interfaith Power & Light (DC MD NoVA)

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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ONE DC

ONE DC

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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Sierra Club DC Chapter

Sierra Club DC Chapter

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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SEIU 32BJ

SEIU 32BJ

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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Rising Hearts

Rising Hearts

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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Up Top Acres

Up Top Acres

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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U.S. Climate Plan

U.S. Climate Plan

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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Pleasant Pops

Pleasant Pops

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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Organic Consumers Association

Organic Consumers Association

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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Moms Clean Air Force

Moms Clean Air Force

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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DC Environmental Network

DC Environmental Network

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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DC Divest

DC Divest

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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DC Catholic Conference

DC Catholic Conference

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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Citizens’ Climate Lobby DC Chapter

Citizens’ Climate Lobby DC Chapter

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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Art Killing Apathy

Art Killing Apathy

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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Americans for Transit

Americans for Transit

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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Universal Child Care Now

Universal Child Care Now

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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Zenful Bites

Zenful Bites

The Put A Price On It DC Coalition is comprised environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, DC businesses, and more.
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