By Ben Schneider June 6, 2016

If you pay even a little bit of attention to politics, you’ve seen it countless times: partisanship gets in the way of progress.

This is true of just about any issue you can think of. And if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably the kind of person who’s noticed climate change is perhaps the single issue most afflicted by unrelenting partisan gridlock in Washington, DC.

Defend Our Future is committed to moving the national conversation past those old roadblocks and towards solutions. That’s why we’re helping launch a new project called the Clean Energy Commitment. Alongside a broad coalition of allies from across the political spectrum, we’ll be calling on elected officials to set aside their partisan differences to work toward climate change solutions. And we’ll be asking you to do the same.

For all the partisan gridlock in Washington, climate change is increasingly a priority for people around the country and across the political spectrum. Organizations signing up for the Clean Energy Commitment represent everyone from hunters and anglers, to parents, to national security experts and, with Defend on board, young people.

These might not be the first kinds of perspectives you associate with calls for climate action, but that’s exactly the point: across the country, the conversation is changing. More and more people of all political persuasions want elected leaders who are ready to act on climate change. And we need to make sure our elected leaders know it.

You can learn more about the Clean Energy Commitment here, but broadly, it’s based on three principles:

  1. Companies that contribute to carbon pollution should be responsible for its impacts. It’s pretty simple, really: If a company must pay for its pollution, it has incentive to pollute less. And it helps push demand for clean energy innovation and clean energy jobs.
  2. Taxpayers should not be subsidizing the energy sources of the past. Let’s stop using your tax dollars to prop up outdated, dirty energy sources. We need incentives that push clean energy tech and jobs forward.
  3. Everyone should have the freedom to choose clean, affordable energy. America is all about choice, right? Or at least it should be. But right now, many states still have rules in place that prevent some people from being able to choose clean energy. We think everyone should have the freedom to choose the energy they want.

These are common sense solutions to climate change that most people want – most certainly including young people. If you agree, show your support so we can tell our elected officials it’s way past time to act on climate.