What: The ZcG Act, also known as the Climate Tax, calls for the $2.2 trillion US budget deficit to be paid off through a carbon tax.
Why: ZCG is unique among climate-related bills introduced this year as both a carbon tax and a spending cut. The Carbon Tax Fairness and Investment Act also stands out for its unusual bill sponsorship. Lawmakers introduced it under the rarely used Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows Congress to kill environmental regulations at the time of their introduction. So far this Congress, only six bills have been considered under the CRA.
Other ideas the ZCG Act proposes:
The FBI would have its own tax ID, allowing the agency to raise funds without having to repeatedly request permission from Congress.
d be able to raise funds without having to repeatedly request permission from Congress. A “climate war chest” would be created, to provide for urgent measures to address climate change.
3) RESIST Regulation Act
What: The RESIST bill (S.1197) would reduce to zero all regulatory authority of the Office of Natural Resources Revenue, which includes the Utah Range Rulings (a move that brought public outrage) and the Youth Hunting and Conservation Scholarship Program (a move that saved the Beehive State from legal action). To aid in the job of reforming the office, lawmakers want to open up the Docket Management System (DMS) to outside parties.
Why: The DMS has the capability to perform a multitude of duties, such as providing datasets to individuals and organizations or studying complaints made by residents and local government officials. In 2012, data from the system was used in draft guidance telling farmers that they had a right to soil ownership, and later, in the CDP review of the 1998 Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, some environmentalists objected, alleging the language resulted in lost claims. Those pushing the bill contend that an outside agency could improve the accuracy of the DMS.
4) The Policy Preservation, Civil Liberties, and Congressional Oversight Act
What: This proposal, proposed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), would order all federal agencies to temporarily cease defending anti-environmental policies in court, bar federal contractors from suing the EPA, and prevent Congress from forcing agencies to comply with laws lawmakers have rejected.
Why: In a year when so many climate bills have run into trouble or are still just in the planning stages, this one is packed with substantive technical content. It would force agencies to reduce spending on buildings, reducing federal regulations on coal-fired power plants and more.
Other ideas the CPCCA takes aim at:
The National Agricultural Technology Program, a nonprofit program that paid for feed yards, pasture land, research, training and loans to promote soil conservation and crop production for 36 years. The NPCA and then-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack planned to retire in 2017, but the law now would prohibit the agency from accepting any more new grants after January 2019.
FBI agents working undercover as potential criminals would be forbidden from wearing badges and fringed coats.
Retirees collecting Social Security could be prevented from lending their own Social Security numbers to others.
But some climate activists have moved beyond bureaucratic pillorying. They’re joining conservatives in trying to narrow the scope of how the Senate should consider the bills:
The records of conversations between presidents and lawmakers should be kept strictly confidential.
Each bill should have the backing of a fiscal policy expert of varying ideological affiliations, and oppose government subsidies for specific projects.
Please RT. #ZcG2Abillify, we need your input! https://t.co/YllLDqBviU — Climate Crisis (@climatecrisis) June 9, 2016