We have come across a serious obstacle for the future of the "DC Climate Coalition." Currently, organizations who are part of this coalition have joined under the goal of passing a carbon pricing policy, and then in support the Clean Energy DC Act.
Thanks to the extraordinary effort of 100+ groups, the bill has passed, but our work is not finished. There are several aspects of the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Act that will require advocacy during the implementation of this far-ranging law.
For example: *DC has the opportunity to weigh in on the "Transportation Climate Initiative," a regional collaboration of 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that seeks to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. *We must ensure the plan is fully funded and that funds are allocated efficiently. Recently, DC left $3 million unspent on its "Solar For All" program. This money will now go to DC's general fund; it is unable to go towards providing solar energy to low-income households. *And many more aspects of implementation.
We also do not want to shut the door to new potential climate bills that come down the line. We are not in the position to support any other bills as a coalition at this time, but we do not want to rule this option out in the future.
What else is in store for the DC Climate Coalition? YOU get to decide!
Your organization may opt back in to being a member of the DC Climate Coalition and to being part of a central decision-making committee (likely called the "Steering Committee).
You may opt out at ANY time.