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Lobbyist to speak on climate-change movement

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While Congress might seem incapable of agreeing on even how to change a light bulb these days, one upstart nonprofit is lobbying for a nonpartisan solution to one of the most challenging issues of all: climate change.

Mark Reynolds, executive director of Citizens Climate Lobby, will speak Oct. 18 in Aspen on why his organization is bullish about getting Congress to put a price on carbon.

The free talk, "How a (Climate) Bill Becomes Law: Inside the Growing Citizens' Movement to Get Congressional Action on Climate Change," will be at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies at 5:30 p.m.

Reynolds will discuss the prospects for enacting a carbon tax, explain the "carbon fee and dividend" approach that his organization advocates and describe its direct-lobbying strategy.

Founded in 2007, Citizens Climate Lobby has a 50-state, 435-district strategy for advocating for climate legislation and is doubling in size annually. Reynolds will be in the area to launch the Roaring Fork Valley chapter, which will be the first in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District.

The talk is presented by Citizens Climate Lobby, ACES and Aspen Skiing Co. For more information, call Dave Reed at 970-366-8766.