Get Up to Speed on Climate Solutions

Over the past few years, conservatives as well as liberals have put forth a wide range of carbon tax proposals, while range of advocacy and research organizations have crafted economic analyses and critiques of how a carbon tax would impact the economy, businesses and consumers.  Many analyses offer a highly positive assessment of the benefit of a carbon tax in stimulating new investments in clean energy and reducing carbon pollution.  Some, however, paint a cautionary picture of how a carbon tax might impact low-income communities.

In 2009, Citizens' Climate Lobby began advocating for for a Carbon Fee and Dividend, a carbon tax that proposes a $15/ton price on all GHGs, annual increases of $10/ton, the return of all revenues to households, and a carbon fee border adjustment. 

In 2017, eleven major companies, including GM, Exxon, P&G, PepsiCo, and Unilever, publicly endorsed a similar plan from the Climate Leadership Council (CLC).  The plan, Carbon Dividends, calls for an initial $40/ton price on just CO2 emissions and a roughly 2% over inflation annual increase. The CLC’s plan, like CCL’s, returns all revenue to households and includes a border adjustment, while also calling for regulatory rollback and limited tort liability.  

What Is A Carbon Tax and How Would It Work?

Business Climate Leaders – Carbon Pricing Principles 
WRI 2018 - Achieving U.S. Emissions Targets with a Carbon Tax    
WR2015 - Putting A Price on Carbon: A Handbook for U.S. Policymakers
11 Essential Questions for Designing a Policy to Price Carbon 

The Business Case for A Carbon Tax

Conservative Case for Pricing Carbon – Niskanen Center 
American Sustainable Business Council:  The Business Case for Carbon Pricing 
Business Climate Leaders – Retail Trade Sector 
Citizens' Climate Lobby - Carbon Fee and Dividend's Economic Impact (REMI Report) 
United Nations Carbon Pricing Leadership

National Political Landscape

Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax and the Missing Partisan Divide
Is There Hope for Carbon Pricing Legislation in the U.S.?   
Climate Leadership Council – Republicans Take the Lead
Public Support for a  Carbon Tax Grows 
UC Berkley Law: Beyond the Beltway: A Report on State Energy and Climate Policies  
World Bank: Carbon Pricing Dashboard    
Can We Price Carbon?  (book)            
The rich can survive on a polluted planet, the poor cannot — a carbon tax is the great equalizer.

Mobilizing in Support of A Carbon Tax

The Urgent Need for Corporate Advocacy 
Iowan Secret for Business Climate Advocacy 
Citizens Climate Lobby 
A Climate Solution Where All Sides Win – Ted Halstead
Students for Carbon Dividends


WRI 2016 - Putting a Price on Carbon: Ensuring Equity 
Make Polluters Pay – Green For All 
Climate Justice Alliance

Carbon Pricing Policy in the house and Senate (H.R.7173)

House membership in the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus continues to grow, as does the support for effective climate policies in both the House and the Senate. In November and December 2018, bipartisan legislators in both chambers of Congress introduced versions of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018 (H.R. 7173), which is intended to reduce America's greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change by enacting a carbon fee and dividend into law. 

“Putting a price on carbon pollution is by far the most powerful and efficient way to reduce emissions”
Jim Yong Kim, World Bank President


"‘Carbon taxes are raising revenues around the world,’ said Helen Mountford, director of economics for the World Resources Institute and program director for the New Climate Economy Initiative, during the GCAS event. ‘It’s also a major incentive to innovate.’” Read more.

— from GreenBiz, 9/24/18