Feb. 14, 2013

Consumers and Climate Would Be Protected by Landmark Legislation Introduced Today

Statement of Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program

Note: U.S. Sens. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) today introduced legislation to address climate change.

Our 300,000 members and supporters demand action on climate change – and pricing carbon is one important step. As a consumer organization, we’re acutely aware of the impact of higher energy costs on consumers, and the particularly harmful effects on working families and the elderly. That’s why it’s so important that this climate change legislation introduced today sets a price on carbon while at the same time protecting households by distributing revenue directly back to every family based on household size. Doing so will ensure the protection of both the climate and consumers.

By repealing oil company tax breaks, holding the fracking industry accountable and investing tens of billions of dollars into energy efficiency and green jobs, this legislation is exactly what we need to get America prepared for a sustainable energy future.

The president in his State of the Union called on Congress to act, and this bill delivers.