Put a Price on Carbon

Washington, D.C. is at the forefront of cities nationwide when it comes to promoting clean energy and tackling the climate crisis head-on. Now it’s time for D.C. to lead again—not only in cutting fossil fuel pollution but in creating a more just and sustainable economy for all.


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.

A bill for a carbon fee and rebate will soon be making its way through the D.C. Council. We need your help to show our Council Members that there is a groundswell of support for strong, progressive climate action. That’s why your D.C. Council Member needs to hear from YOU!

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Dear DC Councilmembers,

I am writing to ask you to support legislation that would create a gradually rising fee on all carbon dioxide emissions and then rebate the revenue in equal shares to every single resident of the nation’s capital. 

I support this approach because it is a bold, fair, and simple policy for fighting climate change in the District of Columbia. This “fee and dividend” approach has been shown in multiple studies to actually INCREASE the net incomes of lower-income and middle-income families, all while decarbonizing our city’s economy. 

Washington, D.C. can be a trailblazer on the East Coast for climate policy—sending a strong message to our national leaders on Capitol Hill. And D.C. would join a growing movement of cities and states across North America. Boulder, Colorado enacted a carbon fee in 2006. The province of Alberta passed one last year. And carbon fee proposals are under consideration in statehouses from New York to Oregon.

A price on carbon will mean less carbon 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 family bank accounts. On behalf of all D.C. communities, I hope you will support this bill. 

Thank you,