This commitment will compile and broadly disseminate to key decision-makers, elected officials, the media and the public a federal climate policy blueprint based on the experience of leadership states. The blueprint will include immediate actions for emission reduction to be initiated as a break from current, indifferent policy; helping leadership of the state progress to continue, expand, design and contribute to the implementation of a national solution, while diminishing the danger of federal preemption; a comprehensive discussion and development of solutions still missing at the federal level, where the search for single "silver bullet" approaches still confuse the policy arena; and the potential to impact every American with the benefits of climate policy action. This effort is natural outgrowth of the work of CCS over the last 5 years, and represents a new and inevitable scale-up of their own mission as an organization.
The following steps will be included in the implementation of the commitment:
CCS will first conduct the scale-up analysis, based upon our work with leadership states, and prepare a report that details the key policy measures, and for each measure, its contribution to GHG mitigation and the cost or benefit of implementing the measure.
CCS will also mobilize leading governors and state officials to promote the blueprint, so that effective policy approaches, tangible economic benefits and effective governance structures are considered at the national level.
CCS will support the governors' efforts with dissemination of the report to Members of Congress, appropriate committees and staff members, and federal agency officials. The dissemination will also be accompanied by briefings and consultations to assure that the policymakers are equipped with the information and tools needed to create consensus and craft policies.
CCS will also develop materials and conduct outreach to other NGOs and the media to explain the portfolio approach, the implications of the national scale up blueprint and the desirability of a proven process that at the state level has overcome conflict and created democratic consensus and transparency.
Anticipated Launch: October 1, 2007
First Milestone(s): Completion of scale-up analysis
CCS will conduct the scale up analysis, based upon our work with leadership states, and prepare a report that details the key policy measures, and for each measure, its contribution to GHG mitigation and the cost or benefit of implementing the measure.
Participants in this Activity: CCS Team
Measures for this commitment include:
- Quality of feedback from peer reviewers on final blueprint.
- Quality of solicited and unsolicited feedback from Members of Congress, Congressional staff members, and federal agency officials.
- Number and quality of governors and state officials who agree to help promote the blueprint.
- Number and quality of earned media impressions.
- Number of hard copy and online requests for blueprint.
- Number and quality of individuals who take part in briefings and consultations.
- Number of blueprint recommendations reflected in legislation.
Preliminary analysis indicates that the nation can reduce emissions of GHGs to 1990 levels by 2020 by implementing on a national scale a cost-neutral to net positive portfolio of policy measures pioneered and being proven at the state level. We have been working largely with individual states and regions to develop state-level climate action plans. They have been tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual state, and all have required the adoption of a broad portfolio of policies touching every economic sector and all levels of government. We are in a position to understand and portray the overarching patterns that unite this common activity, which has also led to work on the regional level. We are now, for example, facilitating the work of the Western Climate Initiative.
State action has provided the most advanced and comprehensive work on climate policy in the United States in the past few years and has produced cadres of experts and a wave of bipartisan consensus all now poised to galvanize a national solution. It has also shown highly specific pathways to a full national solution that can be attained with strong economic net benefits and a very high level of public consensus. There is a danger that this wealth of knowledge, consensus and experience will not be able of its own accord to penetrate and guide Washington policymaking, and the trend toward partial federal solutions.
The urgency of action to develop a truly comprehensive solution to climate change that can be adopted without delay demands that CCS consolidate and share its experience and expertise as well as the cumulative expertise and support of state leaders and stakeholder across the United States for the benefit of national and global progress on climate solutions.