Carbon Pricing Grows in Ten States

Posted: November 14, 2018

By now you’ve heard that Washington state Initiative 1631 – to establish a carbon fee – was defeated in the mid-terms. But carbon pricing is not defeated. Indeed, carbon pricing is thriving in ten other states – it’s called cap and trade. California (and Canadian partners) and nine Northeastern states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative have cap and trade […]

A Marathon, Not a Sprint

Posted: August 31, 2018

Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo has introduced a carbon tax bill . Although no one thinks the bill will pass this year, Mr. Curbelo is hoping to spark constructive dialog across the aisle for a bi-partisan carbon pricing agreement. That will take time. But allowing all ideas and concerns to be discussed is the only way forward. And the time may be right . Since […]

Time for All Hands on Deck

Posted: August 29, 2017

“The power of the price system to change behavior is incredibly effective, so when we impose a significant price on carbon emissions they will decline dramatically.” Bob Litterman , a recognized expert on risk management, expressed strong confidence in the power of pricing carbon to reduce carbon emissions – but we need to get price incentives now. […]

Cap and Trade Gets a Boost

Posted: July 20, 2017

California lawmakers voted July 17 to extend cap and trade to 2030. It had been set to expire in 2020. And it was done with a 2/3 bipartisan vote. That’s right – bipartisan . Seven Republicans in the Assembly voted for the bill, and one Republican in the Senate, to bring the vote to a supermajority […]

Revenue Use – Why it Counts

Posted: May 25, 2017

“We are not taking climate seriously until we price carbon”, said Dr. Adele Morris.  She then showed how we can price carbon while growing the economy and still protect lower-income or hard-hit communities from negative consequences. Dr. Adele Morris an economist at the Brookings Institution spoke in a webinar hosted by and the League of Women Voters […]

Is Bi-Partisanship Returning?

Posted: May 24, 2017

In the past few years, we have seen a downward spiral into rank partisanship in the U.S., crippling any reasonable potential for agreement on addressing climate change. But now we’re seeing movements toward bi-partisanship, and they are growing. We started out in our fight to preserve the environment with unified bi-partisan efforts. Strongly bipartisan legislation […]

Oreskes Nails It

Posted: March 1, 2017

“Carbon pricing is the simplest and fairest way to reduce emissions,” said Dr. Naomi Oreskes, well-known author, scientist and lecturer on climate change, in a webinar co-hosted by and the League of Women Voters. “Either cap and trade or carbon tax can work well; both are known and established systems.” “We shouldn’t get too […]

Republicans Come Back to the Table

Posted: February 17, 2017

On February 8, eight senior Republicans proposed a U.S. federal carbon tax and dividend, which they call a “ Carbon Dividends Plan ”. The plan includes four elements or “pillars”: A tax on CO2 emissions only, steadily increasing from a start at $40/ton CO2, A equal dividend to all Americans with a valid Social Security Number, A border […]

Carbon Pricing Grows in North America

Posted: February 16, 2017

Despite the resistance to putting a price on carbon at the U.S. federal level , carbon pricing is gaining momentum in Canada, Mexico and within states and regions of the U.S.. Canada is requiring carbon pricing in all provinces by 2018, and Mexico has both a carbon tax and is beginning implementation of cap and trade, with trading […]

Carbon Pricing in the U.S. Congress

Posted: December 7, 2016

Carbon pricing has seen a rocky road in the U.S. Congress.  After a slow start with proposals as early as 1990,  a push with bi-partisan support came in 2003-2008.  But by the 111th Congress (2009-2010) Democrats were the primary proponents. The Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill passed the House after significant compromising in 2009, but failed in […]