Power to the Cities! Let’s Do Something About Health & Climate
Good News! We can fund Healthy Climate Action in Most Cities in the World through our Health and Climate Resilience Campaign 2020.
Hi, we are a group of volunteers with a goal to fund health and climate action in cities around the world, starting with the SF Bay Area.
We are building capacity to reach out to Cities and other Jurisdictions across the globe that can tax pollution and fund health (Covid-19) and climate action.
A Proposal to have City Councils place a measure on the November 2020 ballot to lower the energy utility user tax by 1% for Residential Ratepayers and raise by 2-5% for large Commercial Ratepayers of Natural Gas and designate this additional tax revenue toward specified local health and climate resilience programs and technologies.
Here’s our Co-Founder, Warren Linney, giving a short introduction on a YouTube video for our Climate Tax Campaign 2020 https://youtu.be/TFDsOX-gfPc
Main Messaging and Talking Points:
- Funds City’s Health (Covid-19) and Climate Response (critical needs)
- Increasing natural gas pricing encourages less CO2 emissions; Funds people’s health & climate resilience & creates jobs. (equity and fairness)
- Provides the first annual funding for carbon reduction and local climate resilience in the world! (next step after declaring a Climate Emergency)
- Puts a price on carbon. (emission reduction and pays for sequestration of CO2)
- Can be implemented in most Cities (scalable)
Here is our Executive Summary
The comprehensive FAQs and Talking Points for City Officials and Staff
And here is the proposed Health and Climate Resilience Tax Ballot Language
Warren Linney is the Chair of our Climate Tax Credit Committee
@ SF Bay Area Climate Restoration Circle. He is at 707-322-3886 and copied on this email. Or join us on our weekly zoom call below.
FOLLOW UP — ZOOM CONFERENCE CALL BELOW for City Officials and Staff
We invite you to join our Tuesdays @ 4pm PST weekly Calls
Agenda: Warren Linney will present The Health (Covid-19) and Climate Tax Campaign 2020 for your City’s Nov. 2020 Ballot and will answer questions.
Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/684766523
We need NGOs and Volunteers to help locate Climate Champions in various Bay Area cities that have declared a climate emergency.
On Tuesdays @ 6pm, we will host a Zoom call for NGOs and possible Volunteers.
Join Our Zoom Call Here: https://zoom.us/j/237965256
1. March/ April/ May:– A City Council member needs to refer this proposal to their Subcommittee for review
2. May/ June: The City Council needs to vote before July to put this on their Nov 2020 Ballot (July—goes to the printer of the City Ballots)
3. November: The city votes 50% to pass this Health (Covid-19) and Climate Tax Measure Fund their City Action Plan 2. Residents get a tax credit to green their own home.
How to Activate Your City Council:
Steps to placing the Health and Climate Resilience Tax Ballot Language (Item #1) on your City Council agenda below:
FROM Your City Council initiating their Referral Process to your City Council VOTING TO PUT the Health (Covid-19) and Climate Tax Measure ON THEIR NOV 2020 BALLOT:
Step 1: Making a Referral:
- Ask the Staff that is interested in the ballot measure to arrange a phone conference call with a council member AND the City Manager, Administrator, Finance Officer or City Attorney
- Ask a City Council member who is interested in Health (Covid-19) and Climate to refer the Tax Measure to the appropriate Subcommittee that works on Tax Revenue. By March/April/May 2020
- Here is a Phone Script and Warm Emails to send to Councilmembers.
Step 2: Supply the information on this page to the Subcommittee and answer their questions (SF Bay CRC can be a resource). The Subcommittee recommends the Climate Tax Measure to be placed on the City Council’s Meeting Agenda by April/ May 2020
Step 3: The City Council discusses the Health (Covid-19) and Climate Tax Measure which is on their Meeting agenda.
Step 4. The City Council votes and approves putting the Health (Covid-19) and Climate Tax Measure on the Nov 2020 Ballot (no later than end of June 2020)
Step 4a. Ask the City Council to pass an Ordinance (Item #2) Health and Climate Resilience Tax Ballot Language detailing how the tax proceeds will be allocated if the Health & Climate Tax measure wins in Nov. 2020
Step 5: July 2020: Climate Tax Measure goes to the Printer to print the Nov 2020 Ballot
Step 6: Begin campaigning to pass the Health (Covid-19) and Climate Tax Measure!
Why is this tax and credit measure needed and good for my City?
Cities are facing a dual emergency of Covid-19 and climate crises, with wildfires, smoke, blackouts, droughts and flooding. Yet there is no annual funding to respond to these emergencies. The additional revenue will provide significant funds to enable cities to solve Covid-19, health and climate challenges.
The responses could include supporting the homeless, buying Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), insulating buildings, upgrading HVAC, planting fruit trees, building soil, capturing and utilizing CO2 in building materials. This will create local jobs and carbon credits that will earn money for the city.
The measure will place a greater financial responsibility on larger users of natural gas, who have contributed largely to the climate crisis.
The higher tax rate for the larger ratepayers will also incentivize them to move toward greener, healthier energy.
How will this Measure help the City respond to Covid-19 and make the City Healthier?
It will provide critical funding for health initiatives during a declared health emergency, including support for the sanitary needs of the homeless, protective gear for health workers and testing, treatment and vaccine purchases. The healthier the residents are, the more resilient we all are to any epidemic.
The city will be healthier if less natural gas is burned indoors because it can create carbon monoxide, a deadly chemical, and can leak and explode.
Who will be taxed by this measure?
This tax will not apply to residential ratepayers, only large commercially zoned properties that use over $1,000 per month in natural gas.
Will this help or hurt businesses in my city?
This measure will encourage less use of energy by businesses and provide low interest loans for them to upgrade their HVAC, install solar panels and insulate their buildings. As their buildings transition to net zero emissions their utility bills will go down.
For example, a 5% utility tax increase and a monthly energy bill of $2,000, a business will pay an extra $100 a month. This $100 could easily be offset by making the building more efficient.
Currently, natural gas prices have fallen and businesses often already pay a lower rate for energy than residential users.
Many jobs will be created to install solar panels, insulation and sequester carbon. Businesses that shift toward greening the city will grow.
(energy savings, more jobs and profit)
How will the increased tax proceeds be spent?
The proceeds will be spent on specified climate relief programs, green technology programs for residential users and local CO2 sequestration. Programs for planting fruit trees, building soil and capturing and utilizing CO2 in building materials will create jobs and carbon credits that will earn money for the city.
Who will receive a credit from this measure?
Residential ratepayers will receive a 1% decrease in their electric and gas utility taxes and 20% of the tax proceeds for local purchases such as fruit trees, solar panels, battery backup and HEPA filters.
Businesses can apply for low interest loans or rebates for more efficient buildings.
How will this measure make my City more Climate resilient?
It will start to lower the CO2 in the atmosphere, lower climate risk and have programs to make the residents more resilient from wildfires and droughts.
How does it get on the ballot and pass?
The local city council can decide to place measures on the ballot. A simple majority will pass these measures and the additional revenue from the measure goes to the city’s general fund. For the Health and Climate Tax Ballot, we are working with the city councils to pass pre-election ordinances or other binding measures to ensure the additional tax revenue is specifically designated for health and climate resilience.
What is the text the voter will see on their ballot?
Health and Climate Resilience. Shall the City of _____________ decrease the Utility User Tax for Natural Gas and Electricity
by 1% for Residential Zoned ratepayers, and to provide critical funding to prepare, adapt and respond to health and climate
emergencies, increase the Utility User Tax for Natural Gas and Electricity by___ % for Commercially Zoned ratepayers?
The Voters recommend the revenues from this measure be for City’s Health and Climate Initiatives.
How do allocations get decided?
The City Council passes an ordinance before the election that allocates the tax proceeds and is overseen by a Advisory Committee with audits.
Why a high percentage allocation to sequester CO2?
Science tells us that we need to remove billions of tons of CO2 from the atmosphere to avoid a complete climate disaster. Solidifying CO2 into use such as trees, soil and building materials will create local jobs and be a profit center for the City to sell the resulting Carbon Credits (currently about $20 per ton of CO2 sequestered). (local jobs and city revenue)
Does the new Credits and Tax have an end date?
No sunset because it will take 30 years or longer to stabilize the Earth’s Climate.