Why Your Voice is so Important on Climate Change by Lan Richart, Co-Director, Eco-Justice Collaborative Article prepared for Centerings, an […]
The carbon fee and dividend plan that has been developed by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby includes a commitment to return 100% of the revenues collected back to U.S. households on a monthly basis, ensuring families and individuals can afford the energy they need during the transition to a greenhouse gas-free economy.
Current mine closures and layoffs are, once again, dragging Illinois communities through the “boom and bust” cycle of coal. It’s time for a coal severance tax, so that corporations pay their fair share, and communities benefit by receiving funds to invest in their future.
Pam Richart of the Eco-Justice Collaborative discusses potential legislation to impose a severance tax on Illinois coal during Monday night’s meeting of the Benld City Council. The measure, if it became law, would impose a five percent tax on coal to be divided equally among the state’s General Fund, local counties where coal is extracted, and a trust fund to help pay for economic diversification and remediating environmental issues resulting from mining activity.
EJC joins the call for a just response for communities and miners as Peabody nears bankruptcy, unable to meet its bond obligations. It’s time to make that transition from a coal economy by funding employment and new economic opportunities; and revenues for land reclamation and mine clean-up.