Representatives from 32 diverse DC-based organizations recently sent a letter to the DC Council regarding the proposed carbon fee-and-rebate policy. The letter urges Councilmembers to introduce a thoughtful and equitable carbon fee-and-rebate policy that address climate change and help all DC communities.
“Investments and rebates for our community must be at the center of what our proposal accomplishes,” the letter states. “Returning revenue to residents as both investments and carbon rebates ensures a fair approach reflective of the District’s values.”
Several Councilmembers, including Councilmember Mary Cheh, have already affirmed their support for a carbon price. In this letter, the signers emphasizes the importance rebating the money raised back to DC households to ensure that the policy does not harm poor communities, but can instead address the injustices that climate change poses to DC’s most vulnerable populations.
DC will likely be the first place in the country to pass a carbon fee and rebate policy. As such, other cities will inevitably look to DC as an example when deliberating similar legislation in the future. We must include a sizable rebate in order to promote justice and to serve as a model for future cities and states across the country.
Click here for a downloadable PDF of the letter, or read below:Carbon Rebate Sign On Letter-2