Archive for Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Local chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby calls for plan that would place fee on carbon

November 8, 2011


Most folks want energy costs to go down, so it’s rare to find a group pushing for energy costs to increase.

But that’s the intention of a chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby forming in Lawrence. Their goal is to convince politicians to place a fee on carbon to help speed the transition to a clean energy economy.

The idea originated with James Hansen, head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and author of the book “Storms of My Grandchildren.”

Any carbon that comes from the ground, such as coal, oil and natural gas, would be taxed. The revenue would be distributed evenly among households through a monthly dividend. The fees increase gradually over time.

The hope is for the carbon fee to produce more innovation and investment in clean energy and for the dividend to help ease consumers’ transition to a clean energy future.

“When people hear about this, they are really intrigued and feel very positive about the concept once they understand what it is,” said Lynate Pettengill, who is spearheading the formation of the Lawrence chapter.

The Lawrence chapter will have its first meeting on Nov. 16, during which Citizens Climate Lobby executive director Mark Reynolds will talk. The meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Delaware Street Commons, 1222 Del.

For more information, contact Pettengill at 785-331-0625 or e-mail her at More information about the organization is available at


JrMints 2 years, 5 months ago

The science doesn't support the hypothisis of man-made global warming, climate change, or whatever you want to call it. Human impact on climate is extremely small, and the climate will cycle from warmer to cooler no matter what people do. Even if the entire world stopped burning fossil fuels, the climate will be essentially unaffected. So let's identify this as what it really is, i.e., a new tax. Let's debate it as a new tax and stop trying to wrap it in scaremongering alarmism about floods, hurricanes, etc.


Ken Lassman 2 years, 5 months ago

Well, with some of the knee jerkers out of the way, if anyone is still reading, I thought you should be rewarded with some additional information. Here's a link to the website for this grassroots organization, and from what I can see, it actually looks kinda intriguing:

The fee and dividend system that they are proposing seems to be a much better, less corruptible system than the good-old-boys cap and trade system of carbon trading that congress tried to push through. For those who actually think they would rather pay now to decrease our carbon emissions or pay much more later in terms of increasingly frequent severe, extreme weather, rising oceans, acidification, etc. this bears serious scrutiny.


sunny 2 years, 5 months ago

yet complain about a few extra pennies added to the cost of a burger...Liberals kill me haha


atiopatioo 2 years, 5 months ago

This is the only way man can save the planet before the inevitable supernova of our sun.


lunacydetector 2 years, 5 months ago

why do i already have the feeling this is a done deal?....will mayor solar panel be proposing this in the near future?


FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 5 months ago

This is a good way for Westar to charge more for their service....actually.

If only Solyndra were around. We could really save money on fees.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 5 months ago

Actually, it'd have no effect whatsoever on energy costs. It'd just mean that those costs aren't subsidized and otherwise hidden.


rockchalk1977 2 years, 5 months ago

"so it’s rare to find a group pushing for energy costs to increase."

The fleabag movement has it's tentacles everywhere.


hujiko 2 years, 5 months ago

Want to reduce carbon in the atmosphere?

  1. Cut down trees, which are basically huge carbon sinks.
  2. Burn the trees in an absence of oxygen (pyrolysis); produces inert carbon known as biochar.
  3. Begin a widespread local movement employing millions of people managing tree farms.
  4. ???
  5. Profit!!

Jayhawk1958 2 years, 5 months ago

"the myth of global warming"

Science doesn't lie!


kenos 2 years, 5 months ago

Why hasn't Christine put her "Sunflower Horizons" stamp of agenda on this story? It's obvious the LJW has supported the myth of global warming, with its Communitarian plot to put everyone into group homes, like the Delaware Street Commons, and to tax the middle class out of existence. Carbon taxes would be a great victory for you guys. Go LJW!


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