Webinars and Videos on Carbon Pricing


There are many opinions of what is the best way to put a price on carbon.  PriceonCarbon.org and the League of Women Voters are co-sponsoring a series of webinars highlighting differing opinions on carbon pricing.  Qualified individuals with a variety of viewpoints speak, followed by questions from you. The webinars are free. If you wish to be notified of the next webinar, please email diz@priceoncarbon.org including your name, location and affiliation.

Next Webinar:

May 9, 2018 – California Cap and Trade – An Introduction

Join us, Wednesday, May 9, 12:00-1:00 PM PDT for a webinar: California Cap and Trade – An Introduction. The presentation will be by Dr. Emily Wimberger, Chief Economist for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) the organization responsible for administration of California cap and trade, with an introduction by Mr. John Gioia, CARB board member.

Register for the webinar here.

Cap and trade systems are the dominant method of pricing carbon globally. The enormous markets of the European Union and China use cap and trade. California, with the sixth largest economy in the world, also has a cap and trade system with an effective price on 85% of its emissions. Currently the California system is trading allowances with Quebec and Ontario, possibly extending trade to other Canadian provinces, U.S. states, and even Mexico.

Altogether cap and trade – also called Emission Trading Systems (ETS) – is used in 20 regions or countries with more being developed. In the U.S. in addition to California, cap and trade is used by a regional cooperative – the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – covering power plant emissions from nine northeastern states.

The webinar will be followed by live Q&A.

Past Webinars:

August 28, 2017 – Time for All Hands on Deck

“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. See a summary and recording of Dr. Litterman’s webinar and slides here.

May 23, 2017 – Revenue Use: Why It Counts

“We are not taking climate seriously until we price carbon”, said Dr. Adele Morris, economist at the Brookings Institution.  She then showed how we can price carbon while growing the economy and still protect lower-income or hard-hit communities from negative consequences. See a summary and recording of Dr. Morris’ webinar and slides here.

February 21, 2017 – Oreskes Nails it

“We shouldn’t get too worked up about the details,” Dr. Naomi Oreskes of Harvard University stressed, adding that getting carbon pricing in place, in whatever form is most politically feasible, is a step in the right direction.  See a summary and recording of the Dr. Oreskes’ webinar and slides here.


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