How Carbon Dividends Helps Families
A carbon price is unique among climate policy approaches in that it generates revenue that can be returned to citizens, investing all Americans in a clean energy future. By aligning the financial interests of families to climate progress, the Climate Leadership Council’s carbon fee can ensure that we maintain broad public support to reduce emissions over the long haul.
With the carbon dividends plan:
- All the revenue netted from the carbon fee is returned to Americans in equal-sized, quarterly payments. A family of four will receive about $2,000 a year.
- Nationwide, household disposable income increases.
- The vast majority of families come out financially ahead with this plan, collecting more in dividends than they pay out in increased energy costs.
- Lower-income households come out most ahead, seeing a larger proportional boost in their spending power.
Impact By State
Hover over your state to find out how this plan will might affect you:
Why is it on average? While every person gets the same size dividend, the net benefit varies by household due to differences in household size, energy use, and other factors. It is not set in stone. Families can increase their benefit over the long run by investing in ways to shrink their carbon footprint. Or they can use it for other things they value. The dividend is theirs to spend as they choose.