It seems a million years ago but back when we were only worried about global climate catastrophe and not also imminent disease-caused societal collapse, there was a push for a non-binding warrant to support “fee to be paid by vendors of carbon-based fuels based on their emissions,” with the money divvied among all state households under what organizers call a “carbon fee and dividend” approach.
If recent events have wiped out your short term memory, refresh it here: I wrote about it in January; it’s called the Carbon Cash-Back Coalition.
According to the organizers, the amendment passed in 23 towns and failed in 10. I’m not sure if it’s on the warrant of any towns that have delayed town meeting due to COVID-19. (I wanted to get it on the warrant in my town but missed the application deadline. Judging from the way voting went on other items, I suspect it would have been turned down as part of the reject-everything spirit of the evening.)
The whole program of fighting climate change has been put aside for the moment because of COVID-19 so it’s hard to know what effect, if any, this might have. But it’s a good approach to what remains the most pressing problem of our time; one of the organizers says they’re heard interest from other states.
Here’s the list, from the organizers:
|Bow||Did not pass 85-88|
|Brentwood||Did not pass|
|Campton||Passed, amended warrant|
|Eaton||Passed 60% yes|
|Groton||Did not pass 35% yes|
|Hillsborough||Passed 70% yes|
|Milford||Did not pass|
|New Boston||Did not pass 645-787|
|Newbury||Did not pass|
|Pembroke||Did not pass|
|Richmond||Did not pass|
|Rindge||Did not pass 538-749|
|Rumney||Did not pass 28-32|
Hi David, thanks so much for sharing our 2020 Carbon Cash-Back success with your readers. Our final result is a 70% town resolution pass-rate: of the 40 NH towns that put the “Resolution to Take Action on Climate Pollution” article on their warrants, 28 passed it, 2 tabled it due to covid-19 or to allow more time for educating the public, and 12 did not pass it.
Our goal for 2021 is to get the article on the warrants of the 200 NH towns that have not yet passed it. NH citizens can check to see if their town has passed it yet at the bottom of carboncashback.org. Then go to the “Join Us” page to learn how they can become the Carbon Cash-Back champion for their town. This is something students can do as well, and doing this can be a simple as collecting 25 signatures of registered town voters on a citizens’ petition that is available from the website.
Thanks for all you do!