Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel and the biggest cause of climate change. While the United States has begun to move away from coal—thanks to increasing competition from cleaner sources of energy, stronger regulations, reduced electricity demand, and organized grassroots action—coal executives are scrambling to keep their profits high by other means: coal exports.
We are working to clean up Washington, D.C.’s renewable energy standard so that it promotes the cleanest sources of energy -- wind and solar power. Mid-Atlantic states like Delaware and New Jersey already get 70 percent of their renewable energy from the wind and the sun. But only 10% of DC’s RPS has come from these resources over the last six years because of a loophole in the law that counts black liquor, an energy source nearly as dirty as coal, as renewable energy. But we're making progress; the DC City Council is considering a bill to close that loophole and bring more clean energy to the District.
“Cap and dividend” is a simple, fair policy solution to reduce CO2 emissions without reducing household incomes. It caps fossil fuels, makes polluters pay, and returns the revenue to everyone equally. Those who care about halting climate change agree that the amount of carbon allowed into our atmosphere should be limited and that the cost of carbon pollution should be paid by the industries that do the polluting.