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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. […]

Cap and Trade Gets a Boost

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

“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 PriceonCarbon.org and the League of Women Voters […]

Is Bi-Partisanship Returning?

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

“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 PriceonCarbon.org 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

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

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

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 […]

California’s Ambitious Goals

California is pushing the limits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  In the session just closed, the State Legislature passed two bills to reduce emissions by 40% of 1990 levels by 2030 – SB 32 (F. Pavley) requiring the change, and its companion bill AB 197  (E. Garcia) requiring additional accountability for it and special considerations for disadvantaged communities. Governor Brown […]

Changing Republican Spirit

Congressional Republicans and climate change.  You know what Republicans think, right?  Not so fast.  Some Congressional Republicans are moving away from the party line to proactively reach toward a clean energy future.  This is an excellent opportunity – both economically and politically . In recent years, many conservatives and Republicans have individually spoken out on the importance of action on […]

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