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UNITED STATES: Citizens Climate Lobby unveils a plan for Fee-and-Dividend Carbon Strategy

The Citizens Climate Lobby, a California-based environmental group, has released a report advocating a plan involving a small basic income as part of its strategy to address global warming. The plan is to tax carbon and redistribute the proceeds to every citizen in the form of an unconditional dividend. They would introduce $10 tax on each ton of carbon dioxide in the plan’s first. It would raise an estimated $56 billion in the first year, enough to provide a family of four with $44 in monthly rebates. The tax would rise by $10 a year over twenty years, so that ton of carbon would eventually cost $200. Every adult would receive $96 a month within ten years and $132 a month after 20 years. That would be an annual rate of $1,584. Children under 18 would receive half a rebate. Thus, a family of four would receive $4,752.

For more information see: “A climate solution that’s also good for the economy.” Citizens Climate Lobby, June 9, 2015.

The complete report is also online:

Scott Nystrom and Patrick Luckow, “The Economic, Climate, Fiscal, Power, and Demographic Impact of a National Fee-and-Dividend Carbon Tax.” Washington, DC: Regional Economic Models, and Coronado, CA: Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Or contact: Steve Valk <>, 1-404-769-7461.

Citizens' Climate Lobby

Citizens' Climate Lobby

About Karl Widerquist

Karl Widerquist has written 981 articles.

Karl Widerquist is an Associate Professor of political philosophy at SFS-Qatar, Georgetown University, specializing in distributive justice—the ethics of who has what. Much of his work involves Universal Basic Income (UBI). He is a co-founder of the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG). He served as co-chair of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) for 7 years, and now serves as vice-chair. He was the Editor of the USBIG NewsFlash for 15 years and of the BIEN NewsFlash for 4 years. He is a cofounder of BIEN’s news website, Basic Income News, the main source of just-the-facts reporting on UBI worldwide. He is a cofounder and editor of the journal Basic Income Studies, the only academic journal devoted to research on UBI. Widerquist has published several books and many articles on UBI both in academic journals and in the popular media. He has appeared on or been quoted by many major media outlets, such as NPR’s On Point, NPR’s Marketplace, PRI’s the World, CNBC, Al-Jazeera, 538, Vice, Dissent, the New York Times, Forbes, the Financial Times, and the Atlantic Monthly, which called him “a leader of the worldwide basic income movement.” Widerquist holds two doctorates—one in Political Theory form Oxford University (2006) and one in Economics from the City University of New York (1996). He has published seven books, including Prehistoric Myths in Modern Political Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press 2017, coauthored by Grant S. McCall) and Independence, Propertylessness, and Basic Income: A Theory of Freedom as the Power to Say No (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). He has published more than a twenty scholarly articles and book chapters. Most Karl Widerquist’s writing is available on his “Selected Works” website ( More information about him is available on his BIEN profile and on Wikipedia. He writes the blog "the Indepentarian" for Basic Income News.

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