Fair Climate Fly-In Webinar:Gearing Up For DCRyan SalmonCoordinator, Global Warming Solutions Program
Fly-In Preview Tuesday Registration Advocacy training Reception and dinner Wednesday Administration breakfast Hill meetings Head home
Advocacy training Why come to DC? Political lay of the land Overview of the American Power Act Taking your story to the Hill and making your ASK Planning your meetings
Why come to DC? Now is the time to pass a climate bill Climate science is becoming more alarming Our energy security is at risk Making the transition to a clean energy future presents huge a economic opportunity The legislation is in play Chance to make your voice heard Ensure legislation is fair
Political lay of the land The House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act on June 26, 2009 Copenhagen Climate Summit in December of 2009 The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee reported the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act on November 5, 2009
Political lay of the land Senators Kerry (D-MA), Graham (R-SC), and Lieberman (I-CT) work on a bi-partisan bill, December to April Immigration and Gulf Coast oil spill, Senator Graham leaves negotiations Senators Kerry and Lieberman move forward, releasing bill today We’re in limbo…
Political lay of the land Narrow window to pass a climate bill Before July recess Tough road to 60 votes in the Senate Big block of swing votes Need bi-partisan support Comprehensive climate and energy bill versus energy only approach Politics of offshore drilling have changed
American Power Act Being released today Haven’s seen language yet What we know: Targets are the same as the House-passed bill: 17% by 2020, 83% by 2050 (from 2005 levels) Retains some Clean Air Act authority to regulate global warming pollution
American Power Act Clean energy incentives More revenue for consumers Major areas of compromise Nuclear power Offshore oil and gas Carbon capture and sequestration
NWF Position – Invest in Solutions Clean Green Fair Mitigate price impact to consumers, clean energy jobs training, safeguard communities from climate impacts Investment in RD&D of renewable energy, transportation efficiency, smart grid, etc. Dedicated funds to safeguard natural resources, protect international forests, etc.
Taking your story to the Hill We will provide an overview of the legislation through a fairness lens Each of you has a unique story to tell Lawmakers need to hear from you How do you put your story into the context of national legislation?
Making your ASK Pass a strong climate bill What should legislation include?
Planning your meetings You’ll have time during the training If you haven’t lobbied, don’t worry Approach like a casual conversation Members and staffers In the meeting Tell your story Make your ask
Scheduling your meetings This is why you’re coming, so it’s important to get these scheduled Order of priority Member meeting Legislative director, energy and/or environment LA Available staffer