“A fool with a plan will go farther than a genius with no plan.”
It was late 2008 and everyone in the room laughed as billionaire T. Boone Pickens retold this story from his college years. His father was concerned with Boone’s lack of direction in choosing a major. Dad came to visit his son and said;
“Listen son, a fool with a plan can beat a genius with no plan. And your mother and I have a concern that we have a fool with no plan. So you’re getting ready to get a plan and get out of school and that’s it.”
At the time I saw him, Pickens was promoting his energy plan, which involved alternative energies- like wind and solar- and large scale use of LNG as a transport fuel to reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels. A self-proclaimed “environmentalist“, the Texas billionaire thought that Obama was the man with the plan.
Flash forward two Obama Administrations, and although use of renewable energy has been on the rise globally, and the Administration created a Clean Power Plan that set targets for states (now stayed by the Supreme Court pending judicial review); a large part of the Obama plan was let’s use all-of-the-above energy to meet our needs.
As our climate spirals out of control, it’s obvious now more than ever that we need a plan. Enter the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). (They’re no fools!) They have a plan and it’s one that conservatives and progressives and everyone in between, including those without labels, can agree on.
It’s called carbon fee and dividend. And here is how it works:
- Place a steadily rising fee on fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas).
- Give all of the revenue from the carbon fee back to households.
- Use a border adjustment to discourage business relocation.
- It’s good for the economy AND even better for the climate.
With 332 chapters (and growing!) around the globe, CCL members are creating change with their solution to how to effectively price carbon in the market. Families live within a household budget; it’s time to put a price on carbon so that we can live within our global carbon budget.
Soon, over 800 CCL members will descend on Washington DC for both their international conference and to lobby on Capitol Hill. The Conference runs from June 19-21st and is both inspiring and solution-oriented.
“With your help,” Gandhi responded to General Smuts, as Smuts inquired how he intended to prevail in South Africa. It’s part of CCL’s creation story and strategy for success. And, it’s just as relevant today as it was in Gandhi’s time.
You can take part in a few ways.
- Join the Conference.
- Sign up for an Intro Call and Join a Chapter.
- Call Congress. On June 20th- the day before CCL activists will be on the Hill discussing fee and dividend with Members of Congress- they are organizing a national call in to Congress to urge climate action. Help them amplify our voices and take part.