Climate Change Funding:

A New Approach to Climate Change

 

Seventy-two percent of global greenhouse gas emissions come from household or “lifestyle” consumption, including mobility, diet, and housing, as opposed to government or capital and infrastructure investment. Strategies for affecting climate-relevant behavior have shown encouraging levels of behavioral plasticity for reducing emissions. 

When you think of Climate Change or Greenhouse Gas Emissions, the picture that comes to mind either has to do with fossil fuel companies and/or large smoke stacks polluting the air. Yet, billions of dollars have been spent on research and development of technologies such as Solar Panels, Wind Turbines and Electric Cars with limited success at reducing GHG emission. 

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Behavioral Science can be used to evolve Climate Change initiatives from focusing only on a top-down approach (like technology research) to the development of the necessary systems-thinking, shared vision, shared ownership and shared responsibility (the act of influencing behavior through community intervention). Research that could contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions of individuals, households, organizations and communities.

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More Funding for Behavioral Science Research on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Based on an appalling lack of funding, Values to Action is advocating for increased federal funding specifically for behavioral science research that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We have documented that virtually no experimental evaluations have been done of comprehensive community interventions to reduce emissions.

 

The National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Energy are not funding research to experimentally evaluate strategies for reducing emissions of individuals, households, or organizations. We need to get relevant information into the hands of the policy makers that control funding for the NSF, DOE, and EPA as Congress is in the process of determining the funding of these agencies. For more information on these efforts, please see the following documents:

If you believe there should be greater funding for behavioral science research to affect greenhouse gas emissions, please contact the Senators and Congresspeople who control funding for the NSF, DOE, and EPA, especially if they are in a state where you are a constituent.

How to Make Your Voice Heard:

Below is a list of the states that have Senators or Congresspeople on relevant committees with links to their Chief of Staff and Legislative Director's email addresses. Please reach out to as many of them you feel comfortable reaching out to with the message to increase funding for behavioral science research that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We need your help to open the lines of communication with your congresspeople, and will help you at every step of the process.

 

We have drafted this suggested message, which you can copy and paste into the email and modify your message as you see fit. If you modify the message, please remember to keep your message short and concise.

  • If you live in a state that is on this list, make sure to let them know that.

  • If you are a behavioral scientist, be sure to mention that as well.

  • Make sure to replace the brackets [ ] with the appropriate information.

  • Make sure to include the Federal Funding Paper and Policy Brief in your email. ​

  • Copy Tony@biglan.org on the email.

 

Suggested Message:

Subject line: Please support more funding of behavioral science to reduce GHG [in state name]


Dear [Senator/Representative name],


I hope this email finds you well. [I am one of your constituents.]

In the midst of climate change in this state, I recently learned about the appalling lack of federal funding for behavioral science research on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  
 
policy brief and a recent publication in The Hill detail what is needed.


Would you be willing to meet with Dr. Anthony Biglan (Tony@biglan.org) to discuss this issue?


Thank you for your service to [state name],


[Your name]

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Make sure the links stay in the message or documents are attached.

Make sure you've replaced everything in the brackets.

If you are in the state, make that clear.

Mention that you are a behavioral researcher or professional, if applicable.

Response Next Steps:

When you receive a response from one of the Legislators, please let us know if there is anything we can do to help facilitate or be included in your conversation with them. We would be happy to help with setting up a meeting and/or helping craft a response. Please reach out to us at Tony@biglan.org for additional support.

You can also call your Congresspeople:

 

You can reach your states Senators and Congresspeople through the Call4Climate Dialer. All you do is dial (202)-318-1885 and punch in your zip code. Then, it patches you through to your senators’ office lines, so you can bring them the message yourself. For more information on Call4Climate, please visit their website.

States:

 

If your state is not listed below, they do not have any Congresspeople sitting on any of the relevant committees.

People have come to this page to advocate for more behavioral science research. Help us get more voices by sending this link to your family and friends.

Comment below to let us know your thoughts, how many emails you sent and which state(s) they were sent to, as well as any response you receive!

Alabama

Representative
Robert B. Aderhold
Chief of Staff: Kerry Knott
Legislative Director: Mark Dawson

Senator
Richard Shelby
Chief of Staff: Watson Donald III
Legislative Director: Clay Armentrout

 

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Alaska

Senator
Lisa Murkowski
Chief of Staff: Kaleb D. Froehlich
Legislative Director: Annie Hoefler

 

Arizona

Representative
Ann Kirkpatrick
Chief of Staff: Abigail O'Brien
Legislative Director: Christian K. Walker

 

Arkansas

Senator
John Boozman
Chief of Staff: Toni-Marie Higgins
Legislative Director: Mackensie McKernan

 
 

California

Representative
Mike Garcia
Chief of Staff: Alan Tennille
Legislative Director: Will Turner

Representative
Ken Calvert
Chief of Staff: Rebecca Keightley
Legislative Director: Richie O'Connell

Representative
Josh Harder
Chief of Staff: Rachael Goldenberg
Legislative Director: Adela Amador

Senator​
Dianne Feinstein
Chief of Staff: David Grannis
Legislative Director: Rachel Bombach

 

Delaware

Senator
Christopher Coons
Chief of Staff: Jon Stahler
Legislative Director: Brian Winseck

Florida

Representative
Charlie Crist
Chief of Staff: Austin Durrer
Legislative Director: Christopher Fisher

Representative
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Chief of Staff: Tracie Pough
Legislative Director: Lauren Wolman

Representative
Lois Frankel
Chief of Staff: Joshua Cohen
Legislative Director: Bradley Solyan

Senator​
Marco Rubio
Chief of Staff: Mike Needham
Legislative Director: Lauren Reamy

 

Hawaii

Representative
Ed Case
Chief of Staff: Timothy M. Nelson
Legislative Director: Timothy M. Nelson

Senator
Brian Schatz
Chief of Staff: Eric Einhorn
Legislative Director: Arun Revana

 

Idaho

Representative
Mike Simpson
Chief of Staff: Lindsay Slater
Legislative Director: Sarah Cannon

 

Illinois

Representative
Cheri Bustos
Chief of Staff: Trevor Reuschel
Legislative Director: Leighton Huch

Senator
Richard Durbin
Chief of Staff: Pat Souders
Legislative Director: Jasmine Hunt

 

Indiana

Senator
Mike Braun
Chief of Staff: Josh Kelley
Legislative Director: Katie Bailey

 

Kansas

Senator
Jerry Moran
Chief of Staff: James Kelly
Legislative Director: Judd Gardner

 

Kentucky

Senator
Mitch McConnell
Chief of Staff: Terry Carmack
Legislative Director: Tiffany Ge

 

Louisiana

Senator
John Kennedy
Chief of Staff: David Stokes
Legislative Director: Nathan Flagg

 
 

Maine

Representative
Chellie Pingree
Chief of Staff: Jesse Connolly
Legislative Director: Evan Johnston

Senator
Susan Collins
Chief of Staff: Steve Abbott
Legislative Director: Katie Brown

Maryland

Representative
C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger
Chief of Staff: Tara Oursler
Legislative Director: Walter Gonzales

Representative
David Trone
Chief of Staff: Andy Flick
Legislative Director: Krista O'Neill

Senator
Chris Van Hollen
Chief of Staff: Tricia Russell
Legislative Director: Sarah Schenning

 

Michigan

Representative
Brenda Lawrence
Chief of Staff: Curtis Doster
Legislative Director: Zach Weber

 

Minnesota

Representative
Betty McCollum
Chief of Staff: Bill Harper
Domestic Policy Director: Rebecca Taylor

 

Mississippi

Representative
Steven Palazzo
Chief of Staff: Patrick Large
Legislative Director: Courtney Stevens

Senator
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Chief of Staff: Doug Davis
Legislative Director: Tim Wolverton

 

Missouri

Senator
Roy Blunt
Chief of Staff: Derek Coats
Legislative Director: Dan Burgess

 

Montana

Senator
Jon Tester
Chief of Staff: Dylan Laslovich
Legislative Director: Justin Folsom

 

Nevada

Representative
Susie Lee
Chief of Staff: Brandon Cox
Legislative Director: Ryan Shay

Representative
Mark Amodei
Chief of Staff: Molly Lowe
Legislative Director: Ken Brooke

 

New Hampshire

Senator
Jeanne Shaheen
Chief of Staff: Chad Kreikemeier
Legislative Director: Ariel Marshall

 

New Jersey

Representative
Bonnie Watson Coleman
Chief of Staff: James Gee Jr.
Legislative Director: Alex Huang

 

New Mexico

Senator
Martin Heinrich
Chief of Staff: Rebecca Avitia
Legislative Director: Dominic Saavedra

 

New York

Representative
Grace Meng
Chief of Staff: Maeve Healy
Legislative Director: Tom Dinegar

 

North Dakota

Senator
John Hoeven
Chief of Staff: Tony Eberhard
Legislative Director: Daniel Auger

 

Ohio

Representative​
Marcy Kaptur
Chief of Staff: Steve Katich
Appropriations Associate Counsel: Matthew Kaplan

Representative
David Joyce
Chief of Staff: Anna Alburger
Legislative Director: Amanda Shaw Kain

Representative
Tim Ryan
Chief of Staff: Ron Grimes
Legislative Director: Rachel Jenkins

 

Oregon

Senator
Jeff Merkley
Chief of Staff: Mike Zamore
Legislative Director: Elvia Montoya

 

Pennsylvania

Representative​
Matt Cartwright
Chief of Staff: Hunter Ridgway
Legislative Director: Stephen Coffey

Representative​
Guy Reschenthaler
Chief of Staff: Aaron R. Bonnaure
Legislative Director: Emily Ackerman

 

Rhode Island

Senator
Jack Reed
Chief of Staff: Neil Campbell
Legislative Director: Elyse Wasch

 

South Carolina

Senator
Lindsey Graham
Chief of Staff: Richard Perry
Legislative Director: Matt Rimkunas

 

Tennessee

Representative
Chuck Fleischmann
Chief of Staff: Jim Hippe
Legislative Director: Daniel Tidwell

Senator
Bill Hagerty
Chief of Staff: John N. Rader
Legislative Director: Adam Telle

 

Utah

Representative
Chris Stewart
Chief of Staff: Clay White
Legislative Director: Cam Madsen

 

Vermont

Senator
Patrick Leahy
Chief of Staff: JP Dowd
Legislative Director: Erica Chabot

 

Virginia

Representative
Ben Cline
Chief of Staff: Matt Miller
Legislative Director: Nicole Manley