National Carbon Pricing Summit: A Business Case for Action

When: May 7-8, 2019
Where: Washington, DC

presented by Business Climate Leaders

Join U.S. policymakers, business leaders and climate action advocates from across the political spectrum as they discuss how carbon pricing can effectively address climate change and drive economic opportunity at the first-ever National Carbon Pricing Summit.

The summit will clarify the issues around carbon tax implementation and show why putting a price on carbon is the most effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The summit follows the success of last year’s Carbon Tax Forum and comes as our elected officials in Washington are moving swiftly to reduce carbon pollution and create more clean energy jobs to power America’s future.

“You’d be hard pressed to find an economist who would not be supportive of a carbon tax because it is exactly the textbook solution to the problem of climate change.”
—-Janet Yellen, former Chair of the Federal Reserve

THe call for Action

Amid the introduction of carbon fee and dividend bills in Congress, the call for action by numerous governmental bodies and the leadership change in the U.S. House of Representatives, now is the time for businesses to meet the climate challenge head-on.  

Legislators considering bold climate action need support and collaboration from business leaders. The summit provides a timely forum for your voice to be heard and amplified in Washington, D.C.  

U.S. Climate Action Moves into High Gear   

Reducing the risks from climate change is more important now than ever before. Scientists worldwide concluded that global emissions must move downward by next year to prevent the earth from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius —the point of potentially disastrous consequences—and putting a price on carbon is seen as the most effective way to make that happen.

The October 2018 United Nation’s IPCC report and the November 2018 U.S. Fourth National Climate Assessment highlight the vital need to take climate action, and lawmakers in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate responded. Late last year, bipartisan legislators in both chambers of Congress introduced versions of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018 (H.R. 7173), the first bipartisan carbon pricing bill in a decade. These bills are intended to reduce America's greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change by enacting a carbon fee and dividend into law. 

SUMMIT GOALS for attendees

  • Gain an up-close, insider’s view on current discussions in Congress on Climate Change and Carbon Pricing and a deeper understanding of how these policies may affect your business.

  • Network with leading companies, NGOs and elected officials working to support putting a price on carbon.

  • Learn about the proposals for how carbon pricing revenues might be used. 

  • Have the opportunity to meet directly with a number of congressional offices to discuss carbon pricing and climate change.

Lobby for aggressive pro-climate policies at all levels of government. ... The first priority — which the IPCC makes clear — is to put a price on carbon. Companies must lobby for escalating prices on carbon everywhere.”    

— Andrew Winston writing in the Harvard Business Review, 10/9/18

“The main recipe to alleviate climate change is to make sure governments, corporations and households face a high price on their carbon emissions. Today it is virtually zero.”
—William Nordhaus, Nobel Laureate American Economist and Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale