CCAN Statement: U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Don Beyer Introduce Carbon Cap-and-Dividend Legislation

Bill Caps Carbon While Helping Middle Class

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Representative Don Beyer (D-VA)  introduced the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2019. This ‘cap-and-dividend’ policy is a simple, fair, and effective way to address the dangers of climate change. The bill would put more money in the pockets of hard-working Americans, thus increasing their spending power and growing our economy. Learn more here.

In response, Mike Tidwell, Director of the CCAN Action Fund, stated:

“For a decade, Senator Chris Van Hollen has been a uniquely urgent voice on climate change and a stubborn advocate for real solutions. Today, he reintroduced his elegant, equitable, and durable policy to cap carbon emissions nationwide while enhancing the lives of low- and moderate-income Americans. We also salute the climate leadership of Congressman Don Beyer, who has been a long-time supporter of the cap-and-dividend policy and a stalwart champion of clean energy.

“The Healthy Climate and Family Security Act is a policy first introduced years ago but whose time has come with the latest dire warnings from climate scientists. The policy is calibrated to match the latest science, creating a pathway for the US to help keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degree Celsius. It does this by putting in place transparent ‘upstream’ caps on coal, oil, and natural gas as they enter the US economy. It creates revenue that is then equally distributed to all US households in a progressive manner. Up to 80 percent of all households thus see net economic benefits from this policy while carbon is simultaneously and gradually squeezed out of our economy.

“This is the inevitable policy solution to climate change, in my view. We can no longer wait for the adoption of this responsible and effective approach to the climate crisis.”

The Healthy Climate and Family Security Act caps carbon pollution and reduces CO2 emissions gradually but steadily. It auctions carbon pollution permits to the first sellers of oil, coal, and natural gas into the U.S. market, and returns 100 percent of the auction proceeds electronically each quarter to every American in the form of a Healthy Climate Dividend. A University of Massachusetts Amherst study found a ‘cap-and-divided’ approach would mean more than 80 percent of families would see more money in their pockets, even before taking into account the economic benefits of preventing the costly impacts of climate change.

CONTACT:  Denise Robbins, Communications Director,, 608-620-8819

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the oldest and largest grassroots organization dedicated exclusively to raising awareness about the impacts and solutions associated with global warming in the Chesapeake Bay region.