Our Communications Fellow, Gwen Child recent wrote an article that was featured in Triple Pundit! Here’s a sneak peek:
States show leadership for carbon pricing amidst federal uncertainty
By Gwen Child, Climate XChange
“The collision of the Trump Administration’s energy agenda with dire climate change predictions by scientists has left many of us in shock. As federal climate policy hangs in the balance, people are looking for other routes to enact the changes that science says we need to make in order to preserve a livable planet. Effective and flexible solutions are crucial at this moment in history and many are looking to individual states to take the charge on climate action.
One of the most powerful tools we hold is a market-based approach in which economic forces regulate pollution once a price has been set. Carbon pricing stands out in that it elegantly covers the entire economy, incentivizing energy efficiency and clean energy development while holding big polluters accountable for the damage they are doing to our climate.
States across the nation recognize the potential of such policies and some already have campaigns underway to put a fee on carbon. Participating groups are from all areas and don’t fit into one specific political framework. There are a number of approaches to accomplishing a similar goal, with some bills designed to return 100% of the revenue collected to households and businesses, while others invest the revenue in clean technology projects. This diversity proves that putting a price on carbon is an efficient, versatile, and viable way to cut emissions.
The Boston-based nonprofit Climate XChangeis working to unify these groups dedicated to carbon pricing and build a community oriented around this common goal. Armed with an expert economist on staff and four years of experience working to pass such bills through the Massachusetts legislature, the organization set out to help other states start campaigns of their own.
This February, the group anounced the launch of their newest project, the State Carbon Pricing Network. The network, made up of 17 states, includes participants from national organizations, states with active campaigns, and those considering launching campaigns. Together, the states can demonstrate the benefits of strong climate legislation at the local level, thereby enabling potential action in other states and eventually nationwide.
The goal is to catalyze progress by encouraging collaboration and connecting existing campaigns undergoing common challenges. New campaigns are welcomed and communication is facilitated via regular calls, meetings, and distribution of information. Connection to necessary resources is pivotal, with Climate XChange providing support by assisting with bill drafting and economic studies.”